The drums of speculation have gone from a slow roll in the distance weeks ago, to being a crashing boom in the forefront of every basketball prognosticator's mind today. The trumpets will blare on that day not far in the future. That day when arguably the best Los Angeles Lakers player in the franchise's storied history, Kobe Bryant, returns from an Achilles injury that kept him out for the entire season thus far. That's right folks! The Black Mamba is back! He'll make his season debut versus a struggling Toronto Raptors squad on Sunday, Dec. 8. Hold on to your hats! The Lakers have been able to tread water with a 9-9 record thus far, but the return of Kobe Bryant could potentially shift the entire balance of power out West.