Raptors focused on themselves, not Kobe Bryant's return

The Toronto Raptors are more worried about their own game than the impending return of Los Angeles...

The Toronto Raptors are more worried about their own game than the impending return of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. (USA Today)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - The day before the NBA welcomes back the Black Mamba, one of the defining players of the league for more than a decade and a half, the team that hopes to play foil to the legend’s return is far more concerned about itself.

And rightly so.

The Raptors head into Kobe Bryant’s 2013-14 debut on Sunday night riding a five-game losing streak

A date on national television — something as rare for the Raptors as a Los Angeles Lakers home game without wall-to-wall celebrities — would normally be cause for celebration in Raptorland or at least create some excitement, but the losing skid has ruined any chance of that happening.

Sure they will be on the national stage for one of those unique NBA moments at the Staples Center, but while everyone else is focused on Bryant and how he’s moving post-Achilles tendon surgery, the Raptors will be focused on themselves.


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