Walton due back Friday vs. Kings
Kobe Bryant, who dealt with a sore throat and a hyperextended elbow in Utah, did not practice but didn’t seem particularly concerned about any of his ailments. Andrew Bynum did not attend practice because of flu-like symptoms, a team spokesman said. Welcome back After four weeks of searching, the Lakers finally found the Lamar Odom of old. Odom, who has been inconsistent after missing six weeks with a knee injury, totaled 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists against the Jazz in his most complete effort since the injury. “Statistically, I did well,” Odom said. “When you replay the game there are always things you could have done better. I feel a lot better, especially playing back-to-back games. My wind is coming back.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s the best it’s (felt), but I still don’t have my timing down,” Walton said. “All I’ve been doing is running so hopefully the next couple days will help me get back. … I felt like a fat, unathletic kid out there.” Brown, out since Dec. 31 with a sprained ankle, seems to be experiencing more pain. Since timing and stamina are issues for both players, it’s in both players’ interest not to return against Phoenix, a team that loves to push the tempo. In Brown’s case, it might mean delaying his return. “I don’t want to go back into the Indy 500 right away,” Brown joked. Under the weather The news wasn’t quite as good for Brown, who probably will sit out Friday’s game, as well as Sunday’s game at Phoenix but expects to return for Tuesday’s game at Minnesota. Walton, out since Jan. 26 with a moderate ankle sprain, showed good mobility at the end of practice but struggled a bit with his shot and said he still had some work to do in order to get in game shape. EL SEGUNDO – After several weeks of strife and frustration, smiles and optimism abounded Tuesday afternoon as the suddenly hot Lakers watched Kwame Brown and Luke Walton run the practice court. Winners of three in a row, including an impressive road victory over Utah on Monday, the Lakers spoke about turning a corner and should have Walton back in the lineup Friday against Sacramento.