Staples Center was treated to the announcement of the first four starters for the Los Angeles Lakers tonight and then the arena was blacked out. The Imperial March music from "Star Wars" started playing and Kobe Bryant was announced to the crowd as the fifth starter, his first game since April 12 of the 2012-13 season.
After rehabbing from an Achilles' tendon tear, Bryant made his debut tonight and was introduced in spectacular fashion. No surprise that he got deafening ovation from the home crowd as well. Good to have him back.