L.A. Times: The first wave of off-season activity has begun for the Lakers.
Forward Lamar Odom is scheduled to undergo surgery today in Los Angeles, and three assistant coaches are interviewing for head coaching jobs of other teams.
Odom, 27, will have a torn labrum repaired in his left shoulder, the same procedure he had two years ago that required a four-month recovery period. If the tear isn’t as bad as it was two years ago, Odom’s recovery time would be shorter.
“They’re going to go in and see what the shoulder looks like, but they won’t know until they open him up,” said Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz.
Odom missed five games in March because of his shoulder injury and 21 games earlier in the season because of a sprained right knee that could also require surgery at a later date, with a significantly shorter recovery time than his shoulder.
Odom averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game during the 2006-07 regular season and 19.4 points, 13 rebounds and 2.2 assists in the playoffs.
The Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Lakers to interview assistant coach Kurt Rambis for their head coaching jobs, a league source said.