Kobe Bryant sees neurologist, plays

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not participate in the team's morning shootaround Friday in preparation for their game against the Sacramento Kings, instead using the time to visit a neurologist, Dr. Vern Williams, to have his sore neck examined.

The examination was a precautionary measure as Bryant played Friday night against the Kings.

Bryant has recovered from the concussion that Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's foul in the NBA All-Star Game caused, but is still experiencing some lingering effects from the whip lash to his neck that was also associated with the foul.

"He's fine," said Lakers coach Mike Brown after shootaround. "He's improving."

Bryant again wore the protective mask to cover his nasal fracture like he did Wednesday, when he registered 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the Lakers' 104-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.