I like Kobe and I'm happy he's "back," but the idea that he was ever really gone is sort of silly to me. He got injured at the very end of the regular season and missed a month and a half of this season. Nobody played basketball over the summer, because the season was over, so the guy missed about 19 games. He was hardly gone.
I do hope that he's able to return to form and play well. The NBA is better with him in it.