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Highlights from Kobe Bryant’s return to court (VIDEO)

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he grabs a rebound during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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There were rough patches — the 2-for-9 shooting, the eight turnovers — but there were also moments in Kobe Bryant’s return to action Sunday night against Toronto where you said “that’s the Kobe I remember.”

There was his first play, a bullet pass to Robert Sacre for an assist. Later there was the jab step to create space followed by a pull-up jumper from 19 feet. There was still enough explosion to get into the lane when he wanted to drive. He could still make some plays.

More importantly it’s just good for the league to have Kobe Bryant back. This is a league driven by stars and Kobe is among the brightest (and most polarizing, but still among the greats). Kobe will go down as one of the greatest two guards ever to play the game, one of the greatest players in Lakers’ history. He’s an icon. And having him back on the court is good for the league.