Kobe Bryant expected to return for LA Lakers

12:41, Dec 07 2013
Kobe Bryant
SEASON OVER: Kobe Bryant limps off the court after tearing his Achilles tendon last season.

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.

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