Odom a Game-Time Decision

Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who bruised his back after an airborne drive in Sunday’s 99-87 loss at Houston, participated in Tuesday’s shootaround and will be a game-time decision for the 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

What does “game-time decision” mean, you wonder?

Just what it implies, but let’s get more specific: A given player – in this case Odom – will get on the court under the training staff’s supervision and test out his injury prior to the game. The training staff will then discuss the situation with the coaching staff, and collectively that player’s fate is decided. Of course, a player’s personal feelings as to whether or not he can battle through the injury is taken into consideration as well.

Indeed, Odom will go through some drills upon arriving at STAPLES, have a few conversations, and leave it to Phil Jackson to let the media know his status at about 6:15 p.m.

When we know … You’ll know.

If Odom isn’t able to go, look for Andrew Bynum to start.