D’Antoni Not Expecting Kobe for Opener?
Kobe Bryant’s return date from Achilles surgery is still up in the air, but it will not be the Los Angeles Lakers’ regular-season opener Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.
“No,” D’Antoni said after the Lakers’ 111-106 preseason win over the Utah Jazz on Friday to finish out their exhibition schedule 4-4. “My God, I know he’s Superman, but my God. He hasn’t run yet.”
The news should come as little surprise after Bryant told reporters earlier in the week that he has “scaled back” his workouts since the Lakers returned from their trip to China. Earlier this month, Bryant provided a glimpse into what he had planned for the final stages of his rehab, telling reporters he would need three weeks of “rigorous conditioning” after returning to practice before he would be ready to play in a game.