D'Antoni Doesn't Think Kobe Will Play Opening Night

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Kobe Bryant most likely will not play in the Lakers opener, and even head coach Mike D'Antoni doesn't believe he'll be ready to go. 

Last week Kobe said he was out of shape and needed at least three weeks of intense workouts before he would be ready to play.  If everything was perfect that would have made him ready for opening night, but his Achilles still isn't allowing him to go full speed.  

Asked if he thought his starting two guard would be ready for the opener against the Clippers, D'Antoni said, "No" and added that Mamba's rehab is on-going but it would be asking too much for him to be ready on October 29th.  

 

Reporter: "Any chance that Kobe will be able to play in the first game against the Clippers?"

D'Antoni: "No. I don't think so. We'll see. I think it's an ongoing process but that would be tough."

As I've said before, it looks like Kobe will probably miss the first 2-3 weeks of the season, as he's healthy but now has to get into basketball shape.  It will be interesting to see what kind of minutes he'll be logging, and how long until he's on to unrestricted minutes.  

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