Yesterday L.A.’s favorite son returned to his Staples Center home court after eight months away from the game he loves. We’re speaking, of course, about Kobe Bryant, the Lakers star who suffered a devastating Achilles tendon injury on April 12 in a game against the Golden State Warriors. That moment is captured in a new Nike Basketball commercial that celebrates the Mamba’s return. Narrated by Ice Cube, the black and white clip shows Kobe crumpled to the ground immediately following the injury. “If he never came back to the game, he’d be a living legend,” Ice Cube intones. “But he wouldn’t be Kobe Bryant.” And on the screen, despite the torn Achilles tendon, Kobe is seen calmly nailing his free throws. Check out the video below.