That dunk came from Kobe Bryant! That thing's operational!
Before his first game of the season, Kobe Bryant was introduced with the "Imperial March" from Star Wars blaring at Staples Center. In the Darth Mamba's second game back, he showed Phoenix Suns swingman P.J. Tucker that he has regained some of his explosiveness after surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon suffered in April.
With the Lakers hosting the Suns on Tuesday night, Bryant blew by Tucker for his first dunk of the 2013-2014 season. After Bryant got by him, Tucker shrugged and held out his arms. He may have been asking his teammates where the interior defense was on the play. He may also have been feeling a bit like Lando Calrissian after the rebels' attack on the second Death Star started to go sideways in Return Of The Jedi.
Bryant tallied 20 points on 6-11 shooting in 29 minutes of his action, improving on a 2-9 shooting performance in his season debut. His team-high point total would not be enough to secure his first win of the season as the Suns prevailed 114-108.
"It's a process," Bryant said of his comeback after the loss, via The Associated Press. "You just continue to figure out what you can and can't do. Every game, you try to step up and do a little bit more and just go from there."