Kobe Bryant has said that he will not play until he is 100% recovered from his Achilles injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard is still undergoing rehab after he tore the tendon in April.
When asked if he will be able to play while regaining his fitness, the 35-year-old told reporters: "No, because that's when you get hurt, going out there and doing that stuff. That's the process I've always been on, three strong weeks of pushing the stamina.
"I have the green light now to be able to do that, but it's a matter of having the flexibility and strength to run at high speeds out here on the court or track or whatever.
"I do it in about three weeks. Three weeks of rigorous conditioning does it for me. It's been six months of just eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat, not running and stuff like that has caught up to me a little bit. So I have to get in shape."
Bryant also recently flew to Germany to undergo knee treatment.