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Kobe's Comeback, By The Numbers

Kobe Bryant's long-awaited return to the court is slated for Sunday. Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

Kobe Bryant’s comeback By The Numbers entering Sunday night’s long-awaited return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup against his old friends from Toronto (9:30 ET on NBA TV):

240 -- How many days have elapsed since Kobe’s last game.

2,877 -- How many days have elapsed since Kobe, also on a Sunday night at home, scored 81 points against the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.

262 -- How many days elapsed between Dominique Wilkins’ Achilles tear in January 1992 and his return to the court for a preseason game with Atlanta in October 1992.

30 -- How many points Wilkins scored in his first regular-season game after the injury. As we coveredextensively last month, Nique is widely recognized as the only NBA player to suffer an Achilles rupture andmake it back to an All-Star level. Through 17 seasons, Bryant has made 15 appearances in the All-Star Game.

45,390 -- How many minutes Bryant has logged in his career, good for No. 2 among active players behind Kevin Garnett and 14th in league history.

27.3 -- How many points per game Kobe averaged last season. It was by far the highest in league history for a player in his 17th season or later, besting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 23.4 ppg for the Lakers in 1985-96 and Karl Malone’s 22.4 ppg with the Jazz in 2001-02.

38.6 -- How many minutes per game Kobe averaged last season to set another league mark for a player in his 17th season or later.

9.7 -- How many points per game Kobe averaged in the paint last season, good for his highest single-season total since 2001-02.

20.6 -- How many points per game Utah’s Malone registered in 2002-03 to established the highest points-per-game mark for a player in his 18th season or later.

676 -- How many regular-season points Kobe needs to pass Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kareem is at 38,387, followed by Mailman (36,928), MJ (32,292) and Kobe (31,617). Wilt Chamberlain is fifth with 31,419 regular-season points.

348 -- How many points Kobe needs to overtake Jordan as the leading scorer in NBA postseason history.

19 -- How many consecutive seasons Utah’s John Stockton played for the same team. Stockton holds the NBA record, which Bryant is on course to eclipse now that he’s received a new two-year, $48.5 million contract extension that will ultimately get him to 20 seasons in a row as a Laker. Reggie Miller spent all 18 of his NBA seasons with Indiana; San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (17) and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki (16) are Kobe’s competition among active players.