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Lakers notes: Walton, Brown are close

first_img“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. “I want to play with the pain, as long as the strength is there. All game long, you’re stepping on people’s feet, but your ankle is strong enough to handle it. I don’t want to step on someone’s foot and roll over it.” Brown, out since Dec. 31 with a sprained ankle, seems to be experiencing a bit more pain. “I don’t want to be running up and down the court with pain,” Brown said. “Everybody deals with some pain. If it’s a sharp pain that goes away right away, that’s fine, but I don’t want to be running with pain.” Since timing and stamina are issues for both players, it is 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. 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 Friday against Sacramento. “I don’t want to go back into the Indy 500 right away,” Brown joked. Under the weather: 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. “I’m feeling a lot better,” Bryant said. “I have three days here to rest and recuperate a little.” Andrew Bynum did not attend practice because of flu-like symptoms, a team spokesman said. Welcome back: After fourweeks of searching, the Lakers finally found the Lamar Odom of old. Odom, who has been inconsistent after missing six weeks with a knee injury, had 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.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The news wasn’t 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. last_img read more