He probably will play power forward the rest of the season because of his strong work on the boards.

L.A. Times: It sounded like a sensible concept at the time, moving Lamar Odom to small forward when he returned from off-season shoulder surgery, the better to save wear and tear on his upper body by avoiding a season’s worth of banging against power forwards.

It didn’t last.

Odom probably will play the rest of the season at power forward, with Luke Walton or Trevor Ariza starting at small forward.

Odom has been stronger on the boards in recent weeks, averaging 11.6 rebounds a game since Dec. 18.

“He rebounds really well for us,” Coach Phil Jackson said. “When he was at [small forward], he wasn’t rebounding as well. We miss that part of his game when he’s out on the perimeter and not back in rebounding with the big guys.”

Overall, Odom has played better after a sluggish start.

He averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in November, but improved to 15.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and three assists a game in December. In two games this month, he is averaging 11.5 points, 14 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

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  • E.J.

    I’m assuming Ronny will backup Odom, that leaves almost no minutes for Vlad. However knowing Vlad when he comes back he will be inneffective. I like the move.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    You obviously don’t understand that now that Odom is back to the power forward position he main job is to REBOUND. You obviously don’t understand that Odom is one of the reasons why we are such a great rebounding (one of the best in the NBA). Of course, you’re probably one of the guys that said we should trade Bynum.

  • daboss1848

    when will some of you “Lakers fans” understand the game well enough to know that scoring is not the only way to play basketball . . .

  • http://www.themonstore.com derrick

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    exactly, amen.

    the basic basketball fan understands one stat only: ppg

    there’s more to it…

  • Jrich

    Odom does his job. I can’t hate on the guy anymore. He grabbed 15 rebounds last night and he’s been consistently pulling down those numbers. He’s shooting better than Kobe too. The guy hustles out there so there’s no need to hate on the guy anymore.

  • keep24

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    You’re right. It’s not all about scoring. He rebounds well. BUT!, for the kind of money he’s getting paid he better bring more to the table then just rebounds.

    He can’t create his own shot. He can’t dominate like a power forward should. That’s why they call the position “power” forward. See Duncan. See Boozer.

    Ariza can play the power forward and rebound just as well. In fact, he’ll even score more points.

    TRADE HIS LAME-A$$, and do it NOW!

  • DingleBerry

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    I understand your point that scoring isn’t everything. what people are not understanding is that kb will never have a high shooting percentage bc he gets double teamed but we need him to take shots. the reason why lo, fish, bynum, kwame, luke have higher percentages is they have wide open shots created by kb. if kb doesnt take as many shots he will stop demanding the double team and guess what all the wide open shots that fish had yesterday disapear. WE NEED KB TO TAKE SHOTS AND A LOT OF THEM…

  • bryan

    uhm… why is everyone hating on lamar? the guy is so unselfish and thinks to pass first. he is the true definition of a point forward. we dont need lamar to score.. we are already one of the best offensive teams in the nba.. and who said that he cant create his own shot? he has amazing ball handling skills for a big man and can get to the basket easily.. and hes improved his jumper.. leave dude alone.. how can u call urself a laker fan and bash on one of them? i love this team and theyre doing great.. we are pretty solid in all positions.. they just need to keep it up… im excited for today’s game. go lakers!!!



  • bryan

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    Thank you brother!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    With all due respect, your comments are f’n stupid. LO is NOT a true power forward (he’s a natural small forward who converted to the power forward position while on the Lakers, and being a converted power forward he is pretty good. Now you’re comparing hime to guys like Boozer, who is a true power forward (Boozer has always played the power forward position) and is stronger Odom. Next you LO compare to Tim Duncan, who at 7’0, is a true center playing the power forward position so because Duncan has the height advantage over all the smaller power forwards, is able to create his own shot much easier.

    …and to say Ariza can play the power forward position, you must be smoking something, because skinny Ariza, at 6’8, would get torn apart at the power forward position (you really think Ariza can bang around with guys like Boozer, Duncan, Dirk, etc better than Odom? You’re f’n crazy). Secondly, Ariza is a terrible jump shooter (yes worse than Odom) and he can’t create his own shot better than Odom. Have you seen Ariza try to create his shot (all he can do is slash on the base line, that’s it).

    Please think before you speak.


    Lamar is, whether we like it or not, a key asset to this team. He’s a good pass and rebounder. If we could trade him for someone better, maybe Carlos Boozer or something (not gonna happen), then do it, but for now, stop hating on Lamar.

  • http://mydeek.orgnigga PhantoM

    murked dem hornets,..

  • T-Dub

    We cant beat the celtics, spurs or pistons because Bynum is overmatched with Odom in the paint. Trade Odom for Oneal and we can beat anybody!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    You mean trade Odom for JO, who can’t rebound??? Playing against the Pacers, it is clearly evident that JO has a nice jump shot, but that’s it. He can’t defend, he can’t dribble drive and he can’t rebound (which is what a power forward is supposed to do). On what planet does LO for JO make sense????

  • T-Dub

    JO is a career 10 rebound guy , 2+ shot blocker, known defender and toughguy. Odom has no fire, he doesn’t rebound or score when he plays against bigger powerfowards. We’ll have a good regular season with Odom, but if we want a championship and get past those 3 teams, he has to go! Remember this come playoffs!

  • DingleBerry

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    What are you talking about? Jo is known for his defense and rebounding… He is a better 4 than LO will ever be.

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  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

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    Perhaps, you can defer from using ALL CAPS to get attention online? =-o

  • bryan

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    Two-faced? You’re one to talk. How can you honestly call yourself a fan and talk so much shit about one of our players? The dude produces. It isn’t like he’s hurting the team like Smush did last year. And he shines in the playoffs.. where it really counts. Lamar was a monster in the post-season last year 19 pts 13 rebounds and a block per game. Keep in mind, he was playing injured. Don’t call someone two-faced when your the fool here. Since you obviously like having all-stars on your squad instead of a “Lame-ar”, why don’t you just jump on the celtics’ nuts too? Theres 3 big cocks for you to suck there. Respect the team or don’t wear purple and gold.

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  • LakersFirst

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    TDub & DingleBerry (fitting name for you by the way) – that’s great JO used to be a good defender and good rebounder (“USED” being the key word). JO is crap this year and will never be the same again. This year JO is averaging 15.6, a tick more blocks at 2.2, but only 7.3 rebounds. Oh, and we might add he’s played in 30 of the 37 games and on top of that he’s due to make over $40M the next two years.

    Other GM’s and articles in the league have already said that JO isn’t worth that much money and any team that wants to acquire him would be doing so ONLY to clear cap space and not for his contributions. It’s good thing you’re not a GM

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst, JO is only 29 yrs old. The lakers would only have to pay him that 20mil next yr, he’s already paid for this year. Its not just about rebounds, he’s much tougher than LO and he can defend other PF’s. Even Doug West abused LO last night. Its worth the 20mil to win a championship because we wont with LO.

  • LakersFirst

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    T-Dub: Get your facts straight, JO has 2 years left on his contract after this year. As a matter of fact, next season he’s owed $21.3M and the following year he’s owed $22.9M (basically $23M). Secondly, he’s 29 but he is more injury proned than LO. He currently has a bad shoulder, bad knee (which made sit out last night’s game against Phoenix) and he has a bad ankle.

    Next, you’re absolutely crazy if you think an injured JO can keep up and defend players like Stoudemire, Boozer, Duncan, Marion (Marion’s quickness alone will run circles around JO). JO was only all-star when he had stephen jackson, al harrington, and ron artest. Since they left, he’s been nothing but an injured player who’s good years are behind him.

    Yes, David West (not Doug, do you even know NBA players) played well last night, but then again, West is averaging 19.4 ppg this year and 9.4 boards per game, so he’s not a bad player (he’s averaging that against other NBA power forwards). By the way, last night West had a total of 19 pts. and I believe 17 of those points came in the first half which means LO clamped down on him in the second half and held him to two points in the 2nd. I don’t think JO could’ve than. West would’ve ran around JO and his gimp knees.

    Get your facts straight!!

  • bryan

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    First, spell inconsistEnt right before you say anything else or your opinions will be dropped due to stupidity. Your not talking “ish” about our players except for Lamar? How the hell does that make any sense? Your opinions are unsubstantial and you should be banned from this site. Have you even played basketball before? It’s a team game; stop looking at the individuals. Ariza over Odom? Are you kidding me? Just stop now.. your hurting the credibility that you never had.

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst…i see that you are one of those people who makes excuses for eveything…Fact is the lakers traded the wrong guy for Kwame(Caron), they thought Lamar would be something he never will, and they are paying him 14mil per! He is their only tradeable asset and they better try to get something for him!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    T-Dub: … And I see you can’t see into what the Lakers were trying to to do with the trade of Caron for Kwame, so allow me to educate you. The trade of Caron Butler for Kwame Brown clearly backfired but what I am sure you are not aware of is that when that trade was made, Caron Butler, a small forward, was going into his LAST YEAR on his contract and the Lakers stated that they were NOT going to resign him, hence he had trade value. Why were the Lakers not going to resign Caron Butler? The Lakers were NOT going to resign Caron because they had LO who was there to play the small forward position (LO’S natural position).

    At the time the Lakers lacked a power forward, which is what Kwame Brown was supposed to be. Knowing that the Lakers were NOT going to resign Caron Butler and knowing that they had two small forwards (LO and Caron), the Lakers traded Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, a player to fill the power forward position (they had NO power forward at the time).

    Unfortunately, the trade did not go as planned because with Kwame having no outside shot, he couldn’t play that far from the rim, hence why the Lakers moved him to the center position.

    In summary, you obviously don’t read Laker articles, nor do you have anything thinking ability, so you have no clue or understanding why trades are made. The Lakers had a need (i.e. a power forward), they had two small forwards, one of which they were not going to resign anyways, so they traded him (i.e. Caron Butler). Did the trade backfire? Most certainly, but the trade was correct trade in theory. Trades are gambles. Some backfire, some work (i.e. Trevor Ariza). So please quit talking like you know anything because you don’t know sh*t.

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst…dude, you’re not saying anything new…i said they traded the wrong foward as in small…i know exactly what they were doing…LO has always been a small foward and still is but not good at that either. If they had to get rid of one, it should have been LO…If you can recall, when Kobe was out that season, Caron had 30+ point games. Once again, open your eyes…Lamar is the only asset they have to upgrade because will have no cap space to add an allstar caliber player to Kobe and Bynum. You’re the type of DUMBA$$ that believe everything you read than quote it like you’re educated. A follower! Think for yourself!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    T-Dub: Your last comment makes absolutely no sense (what a shocker coming from you) because you’re making it sound like you knew Caron Butler was an all-star in the waiting. Three years when the Lakers traded Caron, people would’ve freaked if it was LO that was traded instead. Back then, the thinking was that LO was the better small forward. Nobody in the league thought that Caron was going to be the All-Star calibur player that he is now (keep in mind though that Caron was an all-star last year ONLY BECUASE PAUL PIERCE WAS HURT MOST OF THE YEAR).

    LO is the only tradable asset, but that asset is NOT going to be traded in the middle of the season, especially for a $20M+ player like JO who is having a crap year. LO’s future with the Lakers will decided after this season as next year will be the last season of his contract ($14M).

    You don’t know sh*t. You think you do but you don’t. You’ve proven you don’t know anything by not knowing anything about the salary cap, not knowing anything JO’s heavy a** contract and the fact that the Lakers will be strapped when it comes to resigning players (i.e. Farmar, Ariza, Bynum, Turiaf, etc), and by thinking that the only way to win a championship is by throwing money at the team. If a championship is won by just having high salary players, then I’m sure the Knicks will be winning plenty of championships since they have the highest payroll of any NBA team. Of course that’s your idiot thinking much like that of Isiah Thomas.

  • bryan

    T-Dub is the winner!

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    bryan “bi**h”, First of all homeboy you can not see me on the court. You will get a hurtin. Most of the $hit your talkin makes no sense. If you like inconsistant mothafu**ers with stars on their head and you like to keep his balls in your mouth with every word you speak then so be it.You need to relax and take your meds you fuc**n freak no matter how much you swing from this mans nuts he is still garbage…. Dont forget to remove balls from mouth before brushing teeth… And if you think you can see me on the court then put your money where lame-ar’s balls are and we can handel this.

  • MILO

    You got to admit that maybe he cant score 20 points a night but he does box out really good and creates second chances for us so at least give him that!!!

  • bryan

    First of all.. let me apologize to Lakersfirst… I meant that you were the “WINNER” and not T-Dub.. I got the names mixed up from all the quoting going on…

    Secondly, I just said to learn how to spell INCONSISTENT.. but your slow-ass still goes and spells it wrong..

    If your IQ is that low, I’m sure your basketball IQ is just as low..

    Trust me homie, I’d ball you up anyday..

    Lastly, don’t be a fan you effing faker.

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