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2018-06-28
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Frank Fabra Jersey . -- Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. In a dramatic video posted on his Facebook page before the Lakers played at Sacramento on Friday night, Bryant set his much-anticipated comeback date. The video, which was also uploaded to the teams Facebook page, was titled: "Seasons of Legend. Lakers announce Kobes return." The video shows Bryants No. 24 jersey flapping in the wind. There is rain, sleet, snow and lightning for nearly 2 minutes. At one point, his jersey tears. Sunshine breaks through the clouds, and the video fades to black. Finally, words flash across the screen that read, "The Legend Continues...December 8." "Thats something special right there," Lakers teammate Nick Young quipped when a reporter showed him the video on his smartphone in the locker room. How effective Bryant will be against top-tier competition is the last lingering question in his return. Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said Bryant will likely be eased back into the lineup, though he declined to discuss how many minutes he will play in his first game. Asked what his expectations are for Bryant this season, DAntoni said, "That hell be a dominant player." "He can play any way," DAntoni said. "He can play below the rim, above the rim, the side of the rim. The guy can play any way. Hell figure out how hell be effective and hell come at you with everything hes got." Bryant did not travel with the team to Sacramento. The 15-time All-Star hasnt played since he was injured April 12 in a home win over the Golden State Warriors. He had surgery the following morning and was projected to take six to nine months to recover. Bryants return has seemed imminent since he began practicing last month. The 35-year-old guard has said that he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers even if hes not fully healthy when he finally steps on the court for his 18th NBA season. His teammates expect the same. "Hes the biggest competitor that there is. Happy to have him back," guard Jodie Meeks said. "Hes looked great. Obviously he has to get his timing back and his legs, but I know hes probably been training pretty hard. I dont think it will take him long at all." Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryants new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers. Bryant hasnt given up hope of adding a sixth championship ring to his trophy case, even while the Lakers struggle to keep up with the NBAs best teams. Los Angeles entered Friday nights game with a 9-9 record. Thats still slightly better than most Lakers fans expected this season after the departures of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace coupled with the injuries to Bryant and 39-year-old point guard Steve Nash, who could return next week from the nerve root irritation in his back. "Weve developed some guys that are really going to contribute a lot, and it might not have happened if (Bryant) was here," DAntoni said. "You have to look at the bright side of it. Now we just have to get him back to the level that hes capable of playing." Johan Mojica Jersey . - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to meet with Richie Incognito to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal can help their struggling offensive line. Camilo Vargas Colombia Jersey . Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.LONDON, Ont. - Anthony Stolarz stopped 37 shots as the London Knights blanked the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-0 in Ontario Hockey League action on Thursday. Ryan Rupert had a goal and an assist for London (45-13-5), and Brett Welychka, Chris Tierney and Josh Anderson also scored. Matt Rupert and Brady Austin chipped in with two assists apiece. Matt Murray made 44 saves for Sault Ste. Marie (40-17-6) in the losing effort. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. --- WHALERS 4 ICEDOGS 3 ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Matt Mistele scored his 17th goal of the season at 17:56 of the third period to lift the Whalers over the IceDogs. Mistele, Yannick Rathgeb and Francesco Vilardi had a goal and an assist apiece, and Ryan Hartman also scored for Plymouth (26-31-7). Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist for Niagara (21-34-8), while Luke Mercer and Eric Ming rounded out the IceDogs offence. Whalers goalie Alex Nedejkovic made 21 saves for the win. Niagaras Brent Moran turned aside 19-of-23 shots in the loss. --- BATTALION 8 BULLS 1 NORTH BAY, Ont. — Nick Paul scored twice and Brett McKenzie had a goal and two assists to power the Battalion past the Bulls. Mathew Santos and Zach Bratina each scored one and assisted on another, and Miles Liberati, Brenden Miller and Ben Thomson also scored for North Bay (32-24-6). Jake Smith stopped 25 shots for the Battalion, who snapped a two-game slide. Chad Heffernan had the lone goal for Belleville (20-37-6). Michael Giuogavaz started in net for the Bulls but left the game after allowing two goals on 13 shots through 22:22. Charlie Graham stopped 12-of-18 shots in relief. --- SPIRIT 8 SPITFIRES 3 WINDSOR, Ont. — Eric Locke scored twice and Jesse Graham and Justin Kea had three assists apiece as the Spirit downed the Spitfires. Luke Cairnns had a goal and an assist, and Sean Callaghan, Dylan Sadowy, Kristoff Kontos, Jimmy Lodge and Cody Payne also scored for Saginaw (31-27-5). Oscar Murillo Jersey. . Josh Ho-Sang had a goal and an assist for the Sting (16-40-7), and Brody Milne and Remy Giftopoulos also scored. Spirit netminder Jake Paterson made 27 saves for the victory. Sarnias Alex Fotinos of was the busier of the two goalies, stopping 35 shots in the loss. --- PETES 5 FRONTENACS 4 (OT) PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Nick Ritchie scored his 36th goal of the season in regulation, and added his 37th in overtime to lift the Peters over the Frontenacs. Stevn Lorentz, Stephen Nosad and Michael Clark also scored for Peterborough (30-28-5), which was outshot 49-26. Andrew DAgostini made 45 saves for the Petes fourth win in a row. Robert Polesello, Henri Ikonen, Lawson Crouse and Conor McGlyn replied for Kingston (34-22-6). Matt Mahalak started in net for the Frontenacs but left the game after allowing four goals on 18 shots. 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