Lamar Odom will not available Wednesday night in Houston when the Lakers tip-off against the Rockets (5:30pm, KCAL/9 HD).
NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson levied a one game suspension against Odom for “leaving the immediate vicinity of the bench during an altercation” at the end of the third quarter Monday night in Portland.
The incident occurred after Trevor Ariza committed a hard foul as Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez attempted a layup. Fernandez was knocked off balance and was unable to brace himself, hitting the deck hard. Tempers flared near the Lakers bench as Fernandez laid on the ground in pain and was later taken off the court on a stretcher for precautionary reasons. He spent the night in a Portland area hospital, but was expected to be released later today.
Odom will serve the suspension tomorrow night against the Rockets and is expected to re-join the team Thursday in San Antonio.