A day later, the sting of Kobe Bryant's unflattering comeback game had worn off a bit. After the ice baths and the late-night film session that is now part of his nightly routine again, the Los Angeles Lakers star who had given himself an F grade for his Sunday night performance against the Toronto Raptors wanted to reassess the situation. "It wasn't as bad as I thought it was," said Bryant, who returned from his eight-month recovery from an Achilles tendon tear and had nine points on 2-for-8 shooting and eight turnovers in 28 minutes Sunday. "The turnovers and things like that were, a lot of it was just mistiming. We made some pretty good reads. I got my guys some pretty good looks. In terms of the floor game, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was." So, he was asked, does the grade stand? "D," he said. The home schooling continues on Tuesday, as the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns and Bryant's latest test of will and skill continues. Improved grade not withstanding, it's undeniable that the 35-year-old Bryant failed miserably his first shooting guard test against the Raptors' 24-year-old uber-athlete, DeMar DeRozan, who had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Kobe Bryant feels 'really good' despite D-grade return
USA Today | Dec 10