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Lakers' Kobe Bryant to return from Achilles injury on Sunday vs. Raptors

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will make his return on Sunday against the Raptors. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from an Achilles injury when the Lakers host the Raptors on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The announcement came with a two-minute video on Bryant's Facebook page that showed his No. 24 jersey going through rain, snow, thunderstorms and lightning with a "Seasons of Legend" opening title.

"The legend continues," a tagline at the end of the video read. "December 8."

The Lakers posted confirmation of the return on Twitter.

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"Kobe announced his return exclusively on Facebook," the official team account noted.

The 15-time All-Star underwent surgery in mid-April to repair a torn left Achilles. Bryant’s initial timeline was set at 6-to-9 months, and a return on Sunday would put Bryant right around the 8-month mark.

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Bryant, 35, averaged 27.3 points, 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game last season, earning All-Star and All-NBA First Team honors. He signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension with the Lakers back in November. The five-time champion needs just 676 points to move past Michael Jordan for the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list.

The Lakers are currently 9-9 without Bryant and will face the Kings in Sacramento on Friday.

Video via YouTube user Sean Highkin