Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Gives Himself An ‘F’ Grade For Season Debut

After battling back from an Achilles tendon tear, Kobe Bryant was finally able to make his season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Bryant faced off against the visiting Toronto Raptors at the Staples Center and struggled to shake off the rust after missing eight months due to an extensive rehab process.

Following the loss to Toronto,
the future Hall of Famer spoke to the media about his season debut and how he felt after finally being able to get back on the floor with his teammates. As expected, Bryant was his harshest critic after a rough outing against the Raptors via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

The glaring stat for Bryant in the loss to the Raptors was the eight turnovers he committed. No one doubted the fact that he’d struggle to play like the superstar of old in his debut, but Bryant clearly wasn’t happy about giving Toronto eight more opportunities to score.

Along with giving himself the worst grade possible, Bryant also chimed in on the condition of his Achilles after his first game back with the Lakers. Bryant said his Achilles felt completely fine after the loss and was anxious to watch film of his mistakes in order to start the process of correcting them.

Despite a forgettable performance by the five-time NBA champion, there’s reason for optimism moving forward with Bryant noticeably excited about finally making his debut and having something to work on in terms of improving.

Next up for the Lakers will be the division rival Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at the Staples Center before the team hits the road to take on Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
——————————————————————————
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Talks About Season Debut Being A Failure

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Not Expected to Play Against Kings

The Los Angeles Lakers return to the court Sunday night for a…

NBA Rumors: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets Looking To Part Ways?

[new_royalslider id=”156″] The Brooklyn Nets entered this season as a team many…

Luke Walton Wants Lakers To ‘Reflect’ During All-Star Break, Return With Mindset To ‘Do Something Special’

Somewhat fittingly considering how things have gone, the Los Angeles Lakers went into the All-Star break with a lot of questions. Following an inspiring win over…

Lakers News: Luke Walton Frustrated Over Lack Of Commitment To Playing For Team

Even if taking into account injuries to LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered arguably their worst loss of the season in a 119-112 defeat…