It’s safe to assume Kobe Bryant will not produce (m)any gravity-defying feats during his season debut on Sunday. Eight months of rehab and 35-year-old legs will slow you down a bit. But Mike D’Antoni believes that once he gets his “sea legs” under him, Mamba will once again be a “dominant player” this season. Per ESPN L.A.:

D’Antoni was confident that the long layoff would not affect Bryant’s impact on the game.

“He’ll be a dominant player,” D’Antoni said. “He can play any way. He can play below the rim, above the rim, beside the rim. I mean, the guy can play any way. He’ll figure out how he’ll be effective and then he’ll come at you with everything he’s got. That’s been his M.O., and I think that’s what he’ll do.”