Los Angeles Lakers veteran Kobe Bryant returned from injury to make a brief appearance in a pre-season outing on Sunday.
The 37-year-old finished with five points on 1-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes against the Utah Jazz, and although his performance wasn’t particularly impressive, he will merely be delighted to have returned to the court.
Bryant hasn’t featured since late January after tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, but after surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process, the Lakers guard revealed that he felt good being out there having seen his last three seasons ended early due to injury.
“It’s just getting the timing,” Bryant told reporters, as noted by ESPN.
“Getting timing. Getting acclimated to that again.”
The Lakers legend started in the small forward position, with rookie D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson starting in the two guard positions.
Meanwhile, the line-up was completed by Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert, and although Byron Scott’s men went on to lose 90-71 to the Jazz, they will hope that that nucleus of the roster can stay healthy and get more playing time together ahead of the new season.