Kobe Bryant's journey to recovery

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After raising the possibility earlier this week, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers made it official on Friday afternoon — Bryant will return to the L.A. lineup this Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. ET against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, just under eight months after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to someone in the crowd during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to someone in the crowd during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives onto the court during a 2013-2014 NBA preseason game between Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives onto the court during a 2013-2014 NBA preseason game between Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives onto the court during a 2013-2014 NBA preseason game between Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the 2013 Global Games on October 15, 2013 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lee's 31 points lead Warriors past Lakers in China
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the 2013 Global Games on October 15, 2013 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures to his teammates before their game against the Golden State Warriors at the NBA Global Games in Beijing, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant gestures to his teammates before their game against the Golden State Warriors at the NBA Global Games in Beijing
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures to his teammates before their game against the Golden State Warriors at the NBA Global Games in Beijing, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
October 7, 2013. <span data-reactid=".r[nes4].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0]"><span data-reactid=".r[nes4].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1]"><span data-reactid=".r[nes4].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[1].[0].[0].[0].[0].[1].[2][1].[0]">In case u were wondering...</span></span></span>Photo and caption courtesy of Kobe Bryant via Weibo
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The Achilles 'Battle' Scar
Photo and caption courtesy of Kobe Bryant via Weibo
October 7, 2013. In case u were wondering...Photo and caption courtesy of Kobe Bryant via Weibo
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"Cast and elevation for next 2 weeks. I have trouble sitting still for 5 min! @ladyvb24 is taking great care of her papi :-) #sexynurse #queenmamba"
April 14, 2013
"Cast and elevation for next 2 weeks. I have trouble sitting still for 5 min! @ladyvb24 is taking great care of her papi :-) #sexynurse #queenmamba"
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