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Kobe Bryant ruled out of Lakers season opener as expected

Oct 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT


Considering the fact that Kobe Bryant hasn’t yet been able to run at full speed, can’t yet fully push off of his healing Achilles, and hasn’t gone through anything close to a full practice, the news that he won’t be back in time for the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday against the Clippers shouldn’t exactly come as much of a surprise.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

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.”

There remains no timetable for Bryant’s return, and the question for the Lakers will be just how much they’ll be able to keep it together with the players they do have in place until Bryant makes it back.

The Lakers started Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Nick Young, Shawne Williams, and Pau Gasol in their final preseason game against the Jazz on Friday. Nash appeared to be playing at less than 100 percent, with his health likely to remain an ongoing concern.

The only difference come Tuesday might be Chris Kaman in the starting lineup instead of Williams, but he’s had an extended bout of gastroenteritis that may not have him fully recovered in time for the first game of the season.

  1. onbucky96 - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Psst. No one outside of LA, NY, Chicago, Miami, or Vegas cares.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Yeah, and why would a blog owned by a media company want to report news relevant to folks in LA, NY, Chicago, Miami, and Las Vegas?
      Why would they care about big media markets???

    • avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Maybe because Kobe, Lebron, CP3, Dwight, and a few others ARE the NBA…

      • avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        #sarcasm :)

    • dunkmann - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      Psst. No one inside of LA, NY, Chicago, Miami, or Vegas cares about what’s going outside..

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Oh… so only 20% of the United State’s population?

  2. dpeter11 - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    who cares when he comes back? the lakers are irrelevant with or without him.

    • Anoesis - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      So irrelevant you took the time to post that. So that makes you less than irrelevant. Good work.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        it was dpeter who obviously disliked your post anoesis. :)

      • greatbooksdude - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        And beyond that a team with Nash, Gasol, and Kobe isn’t irrelevant at all.

  3. jimeejohnson - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Kobe’s one of those guys haters love to hate, because he’s super successful and they are super losers.

  4. jerdogthompson - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Final score

    Clippers 108

    Lakers 86

    It’s gonna be a long season laker fans. But look at the bright side, it’s a home game and you can relish over your history and take long stares at the old banners.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Too bad it’s not a Clippers home game, or else you’d get free hot dogs and drinks to desperately try to draw fans into the game.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Their attendance is up without the hotdogs. Just win games and people will come.

  5. ninthwardfriend - Oct 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    25th ranked player in the league, who cares….

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Clearly you do or else you wouldn’t have commented.

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