Lakers announce Kobe Bryant will play Sunday

Dec. 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM   |   0 comments

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers said Friday all-star guard Kobe Bryant will return to action Sunday, eight months after a torn Achilles tendon ended his 2012-13 season.

The team made the announcement in a video posted on Facebook, saying Bryant will play when the Lakers take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday in Los Angeles.

Bryant, 34, who has played his entire 18-season NBA career with the Lakers, signed a two-year contract extension with the team Monday that will keep him in a Lakers uniform through the 2015-16 season.

The Lakers have won five NBA titles with Bryant on the team. He was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 2008 and has been selected to the NBA All-Star team 15 times.

In 1,239 NBA regular-season games, Bryant has averaged 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game. His total of 31,617 points scored is fourth-most in NBA history.

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