It was pretty impossible to miss, but eight months after tearing his Achilles, Kobe Bryant made his long awaited return last Sunday against the Raptors. Ever since Kobe went down, fans eagerly awaited his return to the lineup. His rapid recovery and return to practice last month quickly turned into a guessing game on when Kobe will make his season debut. But, after weeks of speculation, Kobe and the Lakers announced his return through social media with a special “Seasons of Legend” video.

On game night, the NBA and Nike also welcomed Kobe back with commercials of their own.

During the starting line-up announcements, Kobe received a special introduction and took the floor to the Imperial March.

The game may not have gone according to plan with the Lakers falling to the Raptors 106-94, but for most Laker fans, Kobe being on the court is a victory in itself.

Kobe finished the game with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 turnovers and had this to say following the game.