Kobe Bryant is an undisputed star of the NBA.
His success and longevity have however made him a somewhat ominous figure at the Los Angeles Lakers alongside his undoubted popularity with fans.
With the franchise currently searching for a new head coach following the dismissal of Mike D'Antoni Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak recently admitted the fact that the new coach would have to understand the presence of Kobe and be able to utilize his knowledge and ability.
With the player himself having been fairly vocal regarding D'Antoni also, some have suggested that instead of running the risk of another fall out Kobe himself, at 35-years of age, should take on a player-coaching role at the Lakers.
That however will not be happening with the LA Times confirming that the NBA now bans players from taking on the dual role under it's official rules.
Under those rules it is impossible for franchises to compensate a player anymore than they have stipulated in their agreed upon salaries.
Bryant therefore will have to make do with his $23.5 million contract next season, adding his input from the court and in practice rather than in a suit on the sideline.
Bill Russell is perhaps the most famous player-coach to have taken charge in the NBA having led the Boston Celtics to two consecutive titles between 1967-1969.