Lakers Today: 01/16/08

While the Lakers survived in Seattle, Coach Jackson wasn’t particularly pleased with Kobe Bryant’s 44 shot attempts and the repeated deferrals by Lamar Odom and Luke Walton.

“Try to get Lamar and Luke in a rhythm,” Jackson said. “Lamar just had an awful night and kept passing the ball. Fortunately for us, we found a way to win.”

Despite a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in his first start since Andrew Bynum’s injury, Kwame Brown looked out of place on offense and appeared to tire as the game went on.

“I think he got tired and Ronny [Turiaf] had [too many] fouls, so he had to play through it…There was no one else to take his position,” Jackson said.

Bynum’s injury comes at a bad time for the Lakers as they brace themselves for a tough stretch in which they play Phoenix, Denver, San Antonio and Dallas in successive games.

“No time’s a good time. It really isn’t,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “If it happens at the beginning of the year, you say, ‘We wanted to get off to a good start.’ If it happens near the end of the year, you say, ‘We wanted to get momentum for the playoffs.’ It happens now and you say, ‘We have this [nine-game] road trip coming up and a tough part of the schedule.’ “

With Kwame Brown and Ronny Turiaf attempting to anchor the front line with Bynum out, the Lakers may be getting help from a familiar face in the near future.

Jackson expects Radmanovic to practice with the Lakers today as they prepare to face the Suns on Thursday night at Staples Center.

One of the Lakers potential options to add front court depth, P.J. Brown, apparently isn’t overly interested in returning to the floor anytime soon.

“I don’t think it’s something that he is looking to do,” Mark Bartelstein said by phone. “There are a bunch of people inquiring about him, but there is nothing (in terms of his interest) right now.”