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Mike D'Antoni rules out Kobe Bryant for season opener vs. Clippers

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Kobe Bryant will miss the season opener, his coach says. (USATSI)
Kobe Bryant will miss the season opener, his coach says. (USATSI)

Following the Lakers' final preseason game of the season four days before the season opener Tuesday vs. the Clippers, coach Mike D'Antoni finally put the matter to rest. Kobe Bryant will not play.

Bryant tore his Achilles in April and has endeavored to return as soon as possible. There have been mixed signals as to his progress for months, but recent indications were that it was unlikely he would play. Both Bryant's friend Brian Shaw and D'Antoni have said this month they didn't think he would play vs. the Clippers. Bryant said on October 14th if a preseason game to be played that week were a playoff game, he'd play.

It's not a big deal, Bryant said earlier this month he didn't understand the fuss, that he'd be ready when he's ready. The odds are good that Bryant will be back before the end of November. He won't be gone long enough to significantly alter the Lakers' season one way or the other. But on opening night, the legend will not suit up.

It turns out there is a limit to what Bryant can do after all.

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