Kobe Bryant's return from injury in time to play again this season looks increasingly unlikely.
Today LA Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni spoke to the media and is reported to have put further question marks over the stars return to the court.
The coach spoke to Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan and revealed the state of play:
"The doctor's haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now," Bresnaham quoted on Twitter.
With just six weeks left of the regular season, and the Lakers all but ruled out of contention for the playoffs after an injury-hit campaign, it seems Kobe may have to focus on rehabilitation during the offseason.
Bryant has in recent times come out to express his desire to play before the season is out, but there is no real reason for the Lakers to push the player back early.
The 16-time All-Star has been out with a fractured tibia and even if he wishes to compete he remains at least a month away from fitness at present and it would seem sensible to protect him for next season.