Lamar Odom Injury Update
Quick word from Lamar Odom after Friday's 97-92 win over the Kings in Las Vegas. LO limped to the locker room at the end of the first half after getting kicked in the right shin, possibly by Sacramento's Jon Brockman, who was locked in a scrum on the floor with Ron Artest. Josh Powell started the second half, and when Odom tried to enter the game he quickly had to check out, clearly in pain.
After the game, he wasn't worried. "I'm alright. It'll be alright. They were wrestling down there, Ron, the wrestler and Brockman, they were wrestling and someone down there kicked me," Odom said. "Front side. Right side on my shin. Right on the muscle there. It's a tough place to get hit. Treatment, that's it."
Given the significance of the game (i.e. none), Odom wasn't going to screw around. "I was done. I tried to push off, and (couldn't). It was not the time nor the place. You've gotta be careful, and take care of your injuries." Will he play this weekend? Maybe, maybe not. Sure, it devalues the hallowed Staples Shootout, but if there's even a hint of pain, Odom will likely sit, and rightfully so.
Officially, the Lakers called it a contusion of the lower right leg, and said he's day to day.
In the first half, Kobe came down on the break and attempted to make an alley-oop pass to Andrew Bynum (who led the way with 24 points)... by bouncing the ball over (I believe) Sacramento's Jason Thompson. He's 6'11", and can jump. Needless to say, it didn't work, but damn if it wouldn't have been the coolest play ever. I asked Phil Jackson after the game if there's any other player allowed to attempt that sort of thing.
"Brian Shaw," he smiled. I then asked Shannon Brown what would happen if he tried it. "If it misses, I might come out," he laughed. "If it makes it, I might come out."