All those moments led to Friday's Facebook post from the Black Mamba, announcing his return tonight against the Toronto Raptors. The two-minute clip showed a Lakers No. 24 jersey representing Bryant as it weathered the storm and nearly split in half before returning in one piece.
In Kobe's absence, a lot has happened in the world of sports. Derrick Rose made his comeback and landed back on the disabled list, Floyd Matweather set a new all-time purse record for a fight and broke it again a couple months later, and more. Here's 15 Things That Happened in the Sports World Before Kobe Bryant Returned.