First, an account of the Lakers’ walking wounded. Lamar Odom went through a full practice today and, unless he suffers some setback over the next 48 hours, he will play Friday night against Minnesota. Kwame Brown did not practice today and is considered day to day. At the end of practice, he was on a table, getting some type of electro-stimulation on his injured right heel. Maurice Evans did not practice and is considered doubtful for Friday.
Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher went through partial practice, but that was just to give the “old guys” a rest.
The question now becomes, who goes to the bench when Odom returns. The answer, most likely, is Luke Walton. Phil Jackson wouldn’t say, but when Walton’s name came up, Jackson listed the virtues of Walton being a sub. Ronny Turiaf has certainly helped himself with the way he has played in the first quarter of recent games.
Jackson said he’s getting close to making a decision about whether to accept a contract extension. Jackson said he wanted to go through a longer road trip, to see how he responded, health-wise. Jackson estimated that he would make his decision sometime around Thanksgiving.
More notes and quotes to follow this afternoon…