Following the Lakers' final preseason game of the season four days before the season opener Tuesday vs. the Clippers, coach Mike D'Antoni finally put the matter to rest. Kobe Bryant will not play.

Bryant tore his Achilles in April and has endeavored to return as soon as possible. There have been mixed signals as to his progress for months, but recent indications were that it was unlikely he would play. Both Bryant's friend Brian Shaw and D'Antoni have said this month they didn't think he would play vs. the Clippers. Bryant said on October 14th if a preseason game to be played that week were a playoff game, he'd play.