Since undergoing surgery in his right shoulder rotator cuff, legendary star Kobe Bryant returned on Sunday in the Los Angeles Lakers’ first preseason match against Utah Jazz.
His first shot didn’t land where he really intended it to. Bryant, now 37, unleashed a 3-pointer from the left corner which hit the side end of the board in the first quarter.
The rest of his outing wasn’t fascinating; in the twelve minutes he featured on the court, he scored 5 points on 1-of-5 shooting. All of his successful shots came in the first quarter.
“It’s just getting the timing,” said Bryant. “Getting timing. Getting acclimated to that again.”
Bryant also clarified that his footwork is getting better and better and he didn’t feel any fatigue. He shot a field-goal from the right corner over Utah’s swingman Gordon Hayward. Lakers went on to lose the game 90-71 at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Lakers’ coach Byron Scott was content with Bryant’s first show.
“He was pretty good,” Scott said. “He moved well.”
“I told him before we went out, ‘Let’s just play the quarter and then let’s shut it down and see how you feel [Monday]. We’ll go through practice and then get ready for Tuesday,'” Scott said.