The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Monday (NZ time).
The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page yesterday indicating Bryant will be back for the game.
Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering a torn Achilles tendon. He had surgery in April.
Los Angeles signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last week. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth US$48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.