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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant shoots down theory of November 15 return versus the Grizzlies


UPDATE: According to Mark Medina, Bryant also confirmed that the “#blackout” hashtag was referencing the intense workouts that he has talked about in the past.

Just a little FYI from Kobe here: “bear hunt” has nothing to do with the Memphis Grizzlies and he’s not aiming to make his return next Friday night.

On Wednesday, the Black Mamba changed his Twitter and Instagram avatar to black square, along with the hashtags #blackout and #bearhunt. Quickly after the post, a rumor began to spread around to the internet that Kobe was planning to make his return on November 15 against the Grizzlies while wearing the Lakers’ new black “Hollywood Nights” uniform.

As we said yesterday, this theory seemed flawed in a couple of areas, one of which being that the Lakers haven’t even announced when they’ll debut their new black jerseys.

Today, according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Bryant confirmed that his tweet had no connection to the Memphis game:


The more likely meaning of Bryant’s cryptic message was that he was beginning to do his “blackout” training – or is at least close to doing so – while also referencing his “pray for the bear” quote that he posted on his Facebook page shortly after tearing his Achilles back in April.

Kobe’s original timetable for recovery was six to nine months. The Lakers have yet to update this estimate.

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