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The late-night flight and the ensuing pain in his left shoulder became so overwhelming that Lakers forward Lamar Odom says he didn't go to sleep until between 4:30-5:00 Thursday morning.

He then arrived to practice at 11 a.m. to receive treatment and ice for what the team described as a sore left shoulder. It won't be enough to keep him out of the lineup Friday when the Lakers host the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center. But Coach Phil Jackson said the injury is a "residual effect from last night's fall" in which Odom hit the deck and favored his left elbow during the Lakers' 99-95 victory Wednesday over the Phoenix Suns. With Odom describing his shoulder as "stiff" and "painful," Jackson said the injury is "a problematic kind of thing that's going to be affecting him for a while" and may affect his shot.

"It hurts," said Odom, who likened the pain to a sprained left ankle. "I've been hurt before. It comes with the territory."

Odom also nursed a left shoulder sprain last season after dunking on Boston guard Ray Allen on Feb. 18, and later played through the postseason with a sprained right knee. This season, Odom has played through a bone bruise in his right foot, managing to post a 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game average in 34.8 minutes, the third-highest mark on the Lakers.

Odom's latest injury, as well as his upcoming reality show with wife Khloe Kardashian set to film in a few weeks, will provide further tests in seeing if Odom can still perform at a high level.

He insisted he can lift up his shoulder, but when a reporter asked him to do so, he jokingly said, "No."

"I'll have to play right-handed," Odom said with a smile to indicate he was joking, considering he's a left hander and rarely goes right. "That will be kind of crazy. I don't know how I'll pull that one off. But we'll have to try."

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom lies on the court after a hard landing in the second half of Wednesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire

 
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"It hurts," Odom said. "I've been hurt before. It comes with the territory."

Lamar, that was the last straw...I am buying your jersey...I was on the fence between you and Pau...

This maturity has tilted the decision to your side...

I will be sporting a #7 Laker Jersey tomorrow for the Hornets game...

LEW

Cool you!

@Lewstrs....
Lol funny post,nut that's definately the right attitude for LO to have. Hope it rubs off on the others not named Bryant......

"@Lewstrs....
Lol funny post,nut that's definately the right attitude for LO to have. Hope it rubs off on the others not named Bryant......

Posted by: VI Lakerfan | January 06, 2011 at 02:54 PM "

I prefer when players don't advertise their injuries whatsoever. When Kobe wears those bright white finger braces, it starts to scream, "don't judge me, I'm not 100%."

Looks like we're starting Derek Caracter.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

"Looks like we're starting Derek Caracter.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | January 06, 2011 at 03:01 PM "

Over who? Bynum?

Lewsters,
I finally found you.
If you are going to the game fill out the Toyota question form. They are in a stand or tent next to the main entrance outside near the line to get in next to majic johnsons statue.
I won the tickets to the Xmas day game. I ended up having to give them away.
You are correct about odom, He is rock solid with his play lately and deserves a jersey purchase.
Goooooo Lakers
KB4MVP2!!

@Bay...
I see your point,but a 50% Kobe plays plays a 100 times better than 50% of the league.Heck better than 75% of his team,yet he doesn't make excuses,and is still questioned by fans and the media..heck even by his coach... o well that's another can-o-worms..

Btw saw on nba.com that noah is still doing conditioning despite his injury(bynum you watching)...this story would also open another can-oworms with the lake show's recent struggles and gasol being fatigued,Bynum back from injury,etc,etc.....

"@Bay...
I see your point,but a 50% Kobe plays plays a 100 times better than 50% of the league.Heck better than 75% of his team,yet he doesn't make excuses,and is still questioned by fans and the media..heck even by his coach... o well that's another can-o-worms..

Posted by: VI Lakerfan | January 06, 2011 at 03:20 PM "

I know, I'm just saying that we always seem to hear about it every time Kobe isn't feeling 100%. Whether or not he's the one making excuses, the excuses ARE being made. When Kobe has a bad game, there's always going to be a writer saying his finger was a mess or his knee was acting up. He'll say he was fine and he looks like a hero that was playing through an injury.

For Pau, he could be in pain right now and just isn't telling anyone so when he has a bad game, the reports will typically just say he still hasn't shed that "soft" label. What if he really is hurting right now and is just trucking through it and not making any excuses for himself?

@Bay...

True,true like "KOBE'S injury affects his shooting,which affects the team" blah'blah'blah....
I got ya......

Whether or not he's the one making excuses, the excuses ARE being made.

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 06, 2011 at 03:32 PM
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When have you ever heard Kobe Bryant use injuries as an excuse to anything? Kobe abhors discussing his injuries.

what awful luck this team is having with injuries; at least they're coming early in the season. i don't think it's necessary for him to play tomorrow. i'd rather see him getting treatment and come back for sunday's game vs n.y. man, the team has to stay healthy. i'm so worried about bynum not making it through the season. it's obvious that he's needed at the 5 and without him or a "serviceable" 5, i'm sad to say that the team will be doomed. that said, the team should be able click some wins for the next 4 games. they have to chip away at the standings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk

Get well Lamar. Or as Van the Man would say...

The Healing has Begun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de7rVQfuKl4

The way I saw it, the Lakers played that game last night like it was a playoff game. Great intensity. Bodies flying. Lots of sore muscles today. Even Phil looked like he might have pulled a brain muscle last night, as agitated and animated as he was on the bench. The Lakers really wanted that game. And they got it.

The operative truth today: wins heal all wounds.

LO should take the day off tomorrow.. I mean, it's the hornets and he could really use the rest.. do a bit of conditioning in the process and be geared up and ready for the knicks

"When have you ever heard Kobe Bryant use injuries as an excuse to anything? Kobe abhors discussing his injuries.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 06, 2011 at 03:50 PM "

Who have you heard use injuries as an excuse? I don't know what is even considered an excuse in this circumstance.

I'm not bashing Kobe, we all know he plays when he's not 100%. I'm just saying that just because he has bright finger tape on and a knee brace doesn't mean other players on the team might not be hurting more than him on a given day. Without actually feeling the players injuries, it's hard to judge that he is showing more toughness than the next guy.

LO should take the day off tomorrow.. I mean, it's the hornets and he could really use the rest.. do a bit of conditioning in the process and be geared up and ready for the knicks

Posted by: Diandra | January 06, 2011 at 03:57 PM

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That's what I'm talkin' bout!

A BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE NIGHT !!!
……………………………………………………..
With a little luck and some good play, the Lakers should have an 8-game win streak and have won 10 out of 11 with Bynum starting when they get ready for a 4-game stretch against some the best of the west beginning with the Thunder on the 17th, Mavs on the 19th, Nuggets on the 21st, and Jazz on the 25th. Then a breather with the Kings on the 28th before finishing the month with the hated Celtics on Sunday, the 30th. How about a 16-1 record for Drew’s first 17 starts?
………………………………………………………
TOM

Also @ LROB

"I'm sure this is something Khloe wants to do. And making the wife happy is a good thing." -- LRob"

I imagine you make a great husband ;)

"what awful luck this team is having with injuries; at least they're coming early in the season. i don't think it's necessary for him to play tomorrow. i'd rather see him getting treatment and come back for sunday's game vs n.y. man, the team has to stay healthy. i'm so worried about bynum not making it through the season. it's obvious that he's needed at the 5 and without him or a "serviceable" 5, i'm sad to say that the team will be doomed. that said, the team should be able click some wins for the next 4 games. they have to chip away at the standings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk

Posted by: frmkt | January 06, 2011 at 03:51 PM "

What awful luck have they had? Lamar might not even miss a game. Theo Ratliff is the only other injury and he doesn't play much anyway.

i thought that after ron-rons ring thing being over, we would see things getting back to normal but NO, here comes a "reality" show to cause more lack of focus. i love lo, if he doesn't get his shot at the all-star game,there is something very wrong. BUT,a reality show? in the middle of the season?. this is why we have to be concerned about the klepics. they are playing well and i don't think anyone will be offering big baby a reality show any time soon. oh sorry, i forgot, this is la and this is what happens here

LO will be fine. I like his attitude about the situation but he should really take the day off tomorrow. No sense playing against the Hornets in a

cont....

practice game that means absolutely nothing.

"i thought that after ron-rons ring thing being over, we would see things getting back to normal but NO, here comes a "reality" show to cause more lack of focus. i love lo, if he doesn't get his shot at the all-star game,there is something very wrong. BUT,a reality show? in the middle of the season?. this is why we have to be concerned about the klepics. they are playing well and i don't think anyone will be offering big baby a reality show any time soon. oh sorry, i forgot, this is la and this is what happens here

Posted by: lance from da' bronx | January 06, 2011 at 04:14 PM "

I think the increased pressure on him is more worrisome than the lack of focus. Once the filming starts, any bad game he has will be put under a microscope. There's a lot more pressure to keep playing the way he's playing and it's already at a higher level than he has ever played in the past.

@ Bay To LA I agree. everything is in place for lo to have a carrer season, but his energy will wane and i don't think it is fair to the other players now that they are beginning to get on track

I like LO even during his slump time 2006-2008 with Lakers. During that time Lakers fans, OC Register Kevin Ding, and ESPN Colin Cowherd picked on and criticized LO for most of the Lakers losses. Just image that the guy lost his baby son in 2006 and his grandmother and his mother when he was 20 and 12 respectively. At 28, it was still too young to deal with many deaths of the loved ones in his family. Some Lakers fans just wanted/want result, they don’t care because it is a mental or physical problem to the player.

Read the following linked article to understand how LO had/has to deal with the lost of the loved ones
http://www.pe.com/sports/basketball/breakout/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_lakers_20.3c6cc08.html

I’m glad to see LO is able to play as “a 16 million player with a 8mil salary” (quote from a Lakers fan).

Frmkt, Diandra & cofm99 - I agree LO should take tomorrow off.

I'm sure this is something Khloe wants to do. And making the wife happy is a good thing." -- LRob"

I imagine you make a great husband ;)
Posted by: Diandra | January 06, 2011 at 04:04 PM
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I try (blushing) :-)

A BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE NIGHT !!!
……………………………………………………..
With a little luck and some good play, the Lakers should have an 8-game win streak and have won 10 out of 11 with Bynum starting when they get ready for a 4-game stretch against some the best of the west beginning with the Thunder on the 17th, Mavs on the 19th, Nuggets on the 21st, and Jazz on the 25th. Then a breather with the Kings on the 28th before finishing the month with the hated Celtics on Sunday, the 30th. How about a 16-1 record for Drew’s first 17 starts?

Posted by: LakerTom | January 06, 2011 at 04:03 PM

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LT - I love your optimism. But I haven't seen enough evidence to believe in a 16-1 streak. The Knicks could be very tough on Sunday. Although they'll miss Gallo a little.

JustASouthCalfan,

I remember that very trying time for Lamar. They way he dealt with that really made me respect more as a person and root for him more as a fan.

"It was some good ball movement," Pau Gasol said. "If you see the box score, Ron, Andrew and myself got 10 shots each and [ Derek] Fisher had seven. So I think we were pretty balanced. Lamar had 12. So it was a good all-around team game."

MEANING, Kobe was not a ball hog...thatsa nicesa! Amore!!

Posted by: OldHippy | January 06, 2011 at 04:40 PM
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OldHippy....now stop that. But here's a little Deano for you....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS6-b7CONDI

LRob - if it's amore day:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy6Pi4q5-gY

And, of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifucUf-Rz7E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRC5MtTst8

And of course (not to be confused with Charlie Bird's version):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcb6MLmyoMA

Maybe the first episode of Lamar and Khloe's show will feature Khloe giving Lamar some therapy on his injured shoulder. JK!

Seriously, I hope that LO's injury is not too serious. He has been an essential part of the Laker success for the past 3 years.

@LRob....congrats on the Friedman and great comments about employer-employee relations.

@Laker Tom...The Beast is indeed emerging. And I appreciate your zeal and confidence that the Lakers can run off a good stretch of winning games. I hope, however, that the team continues to narrow its focus and concentrates on the game right in front of them. This group can't afford to look too far down the road. One game at a time.

" Just image that the guy lost his baby son in 2006 and his grandmother and his mother when he was 20 and 12 respectively. At 28, it was still too young to deal with many deaths of the loved ones in his family. "

Tragic as those things were, I'm not sure why they would interfere with a professional basketball player learning how to use his off hand.

"MEANING, Kobe was not a ball hog...thatsa nicesa! Amore!!"

Why the Italian?

cofm99

Ditto.

Concerning last night's game, the Lakers seem to play much better when Kobe takes it upon himself to facilitate the offense. Kobe is the only player on this team that can consistently create his own offense. The emphasis other teams put on stopping Kobe leads to good shots for the rest of the team. Good to see signs of life from RonRon, but Pau's performance was unsettling. He seems unable to stand up to physical play. I've always thought that Pau's lack of weight training throughout his career has been a tremendous disservice to himself. Don't get me wrong. I think Pau is a terrific player, but that he could have been even better had he focused a little more on being stronger.

All victories are gladly accepted!

How about a 16-1 record for Drew’s first 17 starts?
………………………………………………………
TOM


Posted by: LakerTom | January 06, 2011 at 04:03 PM

That's what I'm talkin' bout!

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What awful luck have they had?

Posted by: Bay to LA | January 06, 2011 at 04:06 PM

Well, we don't need LO to injure the same shoulder that was hurt last year. At the very least, it just might affect his shooting and ball handling; he's a lefty. Kobe is still recovering from knee surgery and his fingers are shot. Drew just returned recently, Pau is gassed or something else is going on, Theo is out - even if he wasn't being used as much, he's here to "spell" some of the bigs and that's gone - and Luke is still not 100%. Sounds like rotten luck to me not having your squad a 100%. That's just my opinion.

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bronxlakerfan - I've been saying that about the weight training as well. MM said that Pau said it would interfere with his game, but I'm not buying it.

"Well, we don't need LO to injure the same shoulder that was hurt last year. At the very least, it just might affect his shooting and ball handling; he's a lefty. Kobe is still recovering from knee surgery and his fingers are shot. Drew just returned recently, Pau is gassed or something else is going on, Theo is out - even if he wasn't being used as much, he's here to "spell" some of the bigs and that's gone - and Luke is still not 100%. Sounds like rotten luck to me not having your squad a 100%. That's just my opinion.


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Posted by: frmkt | January 06, 2011 at 06:43 PM "

It's very rare for any team to ever be 100%. Is any team ever 100%? I think a lot of teams would argue they've had much worse luck than the Lakers lately.

As indicated by Phil, this isn't something that's going to cause him to sit out but it's something the team is going to need to monitor. I'm very interested to see how this plays out especially when LO playing so well this season

Lamar should of not continued to play, went out to locker room
& iced it, sure its sore today...................trainer ??????????????


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