Kobe Bryant return some way off, says Lakers coach

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Kobe Bryant, as expected, will not make his return for the LA Lakers in their opening match of the new NBA season against the LA Clippers on Tuesday, as he continues to recover from injury.

The 35-year-old sustained a torn Achilles tendon against Golden State in March and has not played since, and last week suffered something of a setback in his rehab, meaning Bryant was forced to scale back.

Bryant had tried out some light jogging during a pre-season trip to China with the Lakers, but has been forced to abandon this and take his recovering slightly slower.

Naturally, there has always been hope that Bryant would be available when the 2014 began, but Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni has confirmed that his star man will not be back for some time yet.

"No," D'Antoni said when asked about Bryant facing the Clippers.

"My God, I know he's Superman, but my God. He hasn't run yet."

It remains unclear when Bryant will be able to play for the Lakers again, and the initial diagnosis of six-nine months on the sidelines would seem to be leaning towards the latter.

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