Odom not looking like he’ll return

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – The odds of the Lakers playing the rest of the season without forward Lamar Odom increased Monday when a second exam confirmed the original finding of a torn labrum in Odom’s left shoulder. A final decision on whether Odom will undergo season-ending surgery will be made in two to three weeks, with the Lakers holding out hope that Odom might be able to strengthen the shoulder enough to return for the playoffs. The Lakers also learned Monday that forward Luke Walton won’t join them on this four-game road trip. Walton saw foot specialist David Thordarson on Monday and is still not ready to return from his sprained right ankle. Walton, who has been out since Jan. 28, will be re-evaluated next week. A team spokesman said Walton presently is most bothered by a case of tendinitis in the ankle as opposed to the sprain itself. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Sullen Smush A day after he was benched in favor of guard Shammond Williams for the final 5:40 against Phoenix, Smush Parker was still brooding at practice, leading to an exchange with reporters that was like pulling teeth. Asked about his frustration with being removed, Parker answered, “I don’t talk about problems with the team.” Asked about his outburst toward Jackson and whether they were on the same page, Parker answered, “You could say that if you want.” Kobe Bryant tried to remind Parker that Jackson’s decision was “nothing personal” while Parker at least offered a team-first perspective going forward, saying, “If the team is successful, then everything else for me will fall into place.” last_img

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