Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant To Return Nov. 15th?

By Andrew Fisher
Kobe Bryant
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The return of Kobe Bryant is on the mind of nearly every Los Angeles Lakers‘ fan. The Black Mamba was of course sidelined this past spring when he ruptured his achilles tendon, but he’s vowed to return well ahead of schedule ever since. Initially, it was thought that he could be ready to start the season, however that date is now in the rearview mirror. But now it appears the shooting guard may have dropped a hint as to when he’ll take the court in 2013.

Check out the Black Mamba’s tweet from Tuesday:

Bryant also turned his Twitter avatar completely black and he hasn’t tweeted since. But what could two hashtags possibly have to do with the Mamba’s return?

Here’s the widespread perception of both words: blackout = black Lakers jerseys & bearhunt = Grizzlies. Put them together and you have November 15th when the Lakers are set to debut their black jerseys against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch, but is Kobe really just doing some marketing for the Lakers? I think that’s highly unlikely.

Kobe has said for awhile now that he would be playing if it was the postseason. He’s healthy enough to get back on the court, but he’s been playing it safe by continuing his rehab. While I don’t think Lakers’ fans can take this tweet to the bank, I’m going to say there’s a 90 percent chance the legendary shooting guard will make his season debut next Friday.


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