Scouting Kobe Bryant's return

After recovering from an Achilles injury, Kobe Bryant looked rusty and lacked explosion. Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to game action Sunday night, almost eight months after suffering a fully ruptured Achilles tendon. He is attempting to come back from one of the most devastating injuries in basketball, one that has claimed the effectiveness (not to mention the careers) of many players before him, and the odds are stacked against Bryant returning to his pre-injury form.