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.