Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant missed training on Thursday after only returning to activities last weekend after a seven month layoff, reports ESPN.
Bryant, who had been suffering with an achilles injury, has now been declared fit for action, but is gradually stepping up his training regime.
And after Bryant's decision to sit out of training on Thursday, the Lakers' head-coach Mike D'Antoni insisted it was the right decision and it shouldn't be seen as a setback.
Speaking to reporters, D'Antoni said: "He had a hard two days and just took the day off, and he'll either ramp it up [Friday] or the next day.
The Lakers coach continued by insisting that Bryant will only return to action once he is completely ready.
And, despite acknowledging that everyone is eager to see the return of Bryant, D'Antoni has revealed that he's prepared to play the waiting game in order to make sure his superstar is ready for a full return.
He continued by saying: "I think it's just precautionary. I know everybody is eager, but it's going to be a little bit of a process and [we will] make sure he is healthy when he comes back."
Bryant is unlikely to make his comeback this week as the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings over the next couple of days.