Kobe Bryant out for 4th straight

Updated: April 14, 2012, 5:21 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not play against the Denver Nuggets on Friday. It was the fourth straight game Bryant has sat out because of inflammation in his left shin.

After Friday's shootaround, Lakers coach Mike Brown would not venture a guess as to whether Bryant would be available to play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. However, Brown was optimistic about the direction that Bryant's rehabilitation was going in.

"He's improving," Brown said. ...

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