Kobe Bryant returns vs. Toronto

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The Los Angeles Lakers legend, nearly eight months removed from an Achilles tear that cost him the end of the ill-fated 2012-13 season and first 19 games of this campaign, returned as a starter in the Lakers’ 106-94 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, immediately making an impact on the game on both ends – in ways both bad and good, fitting a 35-year old that had been away from the court for so long. - Kelly Dwyer

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoes during his return to the lineup against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 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 condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoes during his return to the lineup against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 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 condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, second right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, second right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball as he is guarded by Toronto Raptors' Landry Fields, second right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he grabs a rebound during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 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 condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he grabs a rebound during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 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 condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant makes his first layup in warm-ups as Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, looks on before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is greeted by young fans wearing his jersey as he comes onto the floor before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is greeted by young fans wearing his jersey as he comes onto the floor before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is greeted by young fans wearing his jersey as he comes onto the floor before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Members of the media and television crews follow Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant as he arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Members of the media and television crews follow Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant as he arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th
Members of the media and television crews follow Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant as he arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant arrives at Staples Center before the NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Bryant is expected to make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon injury from April 12th. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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