Andrew Bynum is back in the starting lineup, which means Lamar Odom is back on the bench.
Odom logged 31 games as a starter -- it would have been 32 had he not been suspended for a game -- and saw a dramatic uptick in his statistics after Bynum went down with a knee injury Jan. 31.
But Odom's time as a fill-in ended when Bynum started Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.
Odom wasn't thrilled before the season about the prospect of being a reserve, saying in October that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson "must have woke up and bumped his head."
Odom was much more agreeable with going to the bench Thursday.
"At this point in my career and in the season, it doesn't matter," he said. "It's a depth thing. We're a much deeper team with Andrew in the lineup. It was perfect timing. I look forward to getting the second unit playing at a high level again."