Well, I was wrong. On Friday night, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni finally, officially ruled Kobe Bryant out of the season opener vs the Los Angeles Clippers.
“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.”
“He’s making progress and he’ll be back as soon as he can,” D’Antoni said. “No use worrying about it. You only worry about it when people don’t work hard or are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing. That’s not a problem.”
If it’s any consolation for Lakers fans, D’Antoni did say on Friday that Kobe was “ahead of schedule”. I guess not ahead enough to be ready on opening night.
Kobe tore his Achilles tendon in April and if he were to return by the season opener, well, that would be insane. Evidently, he isn’t that insane.
Kobe is one of the all-time warriors in NBA history but apparently there is threshold to his madness. His Achilles’ heel happens to be his Achilles (see what I did there)…
Kobe won’t be out there for the home opener, but you can still see him live at some point this season by grabbing Lakers tickets for any game during 2013-14!
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