Dec 8, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Nike releases commercial in honor of Kobe Bryant's return (Video)

Kobe Bryant is back.

The Black Mamba made his return on Sunday night against the Raptors, and the league is buzzing. Just before the game started on NBA TV, Nike released a commercial in honor of Bryant’s return. It talks about how the Achilles could have made him retire, and if it did he would be a legend, but the fact that he’s back makes him Kobe Bryant.

Kobe has an insane work ethic, and his dedication to the game is borderline psychotic. He missed just a little over a month this season, and the fact that he is back and starting just eight months after rupturing his Achilles tendon is absolutely a feat that not many could ever do. Bryant will return to all-star form, I have no doubt about that, but we will see how he adapts his game. Nike is also set to release a new shoe in Bryant’s collection, so needless to say this is a good time for Nike as well.

This commercial was narrated by Ice Cube, so there’s that.

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