Mike D’Antoni Says Kobe Bryant Likely to Miss Season Opener

by October 16, 2013

Kobe Bryant sat and watched his team lose an exhibition game to the Golden State Warriors in Beijing, China. According to Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni, Kobe is going to be doing a lot more watching from the bench. Per Reuters and the LA Times: “‘No, I don’t think so,’ D’Antoni told reporters when asked if Bryant would be ready for the Lakers’ 2013-14 season opener versus the Los Angeles Clippers on October 29. ‘It’s an ongoing process, but that would be tough.’ Bryant, a five-time National Basketball Association champion and 15-time All-Star, was with his team for Tuesday’s pre-season game in Beijing and watched from the Lakers bench as the Golden State Warriors enjoyed a 100-95 win. The two teams will play again on Friday in Shanghai. […] (D’Antoni) added Bryant’s 20-minute jogging session Monday went well. ‘Nobody said it was bad. We just have to wait awhile.'”