A crowd at Araneta Coliseum got a little more than they paid for on Wednesday night as the Black Mamba decided to lace up his sneakers.
On his tour of the Philippines, Kobe Bryant made a stop in Manila for what was supposed to be a night off for him. Instead, he took the court and played along side the Nike UAAP Stars against Smart Gilas. The younger UAAP players ultimately lost 33-24 in the 10-minute game but according to Kobe, they could have won if there was more time on the clock.
Due to the lockout, the Lakers are not allowed to have any contact with Bryant but this video should show them that he is recovering well from his surgery. He played a fairly conservative game but he looks good on that knee after undergoing a relatively new surgery last month in Germany.
Kobe has done several Nike Tours but has never actually taken the court and played. Later this month, he and several other NBA stars such as Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant are set to play two separate exhibition games in Manila one being against Smart Gilas who is gearing up for a bid to the 2012 Olympics in London.