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Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant Is Back! But is He Ready to Strike?

The drums of speculation have gone from a slow roll in the distance weeks ago, to being a crashing boom in the forefront of every basketball prognosticator's mind today.

The drums of speculation have gone from a slow roll in the distance weeks ago, to being a crashing boom in the forefront of every basketball prognosticator's mind today. The trumpets will blare on that day not far in the future. That day when arguably the best Los Angeles Lakers player in the franchise's storied history, Kobe Bryant, returns from an Achilles injury that kept him out for the entire season thus far. That's right folks! The Black Mamba is back! He'll make his season debut versus a struggling Toronto Raptors squad on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hold on to your hats! The Lakers have been able to tread water with a 9-9 record thus far, but the return of Kobe Bryant could potentially shift the entire balance of power out West.

Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.