"I think Lamar would be great," Walton said. "I think anyone that knows Lamar, when he's right, he's one of the most likeable people that they've been around. I think he has a great knowledge of the game and has a great way of communicating with people."
Odom was recently asked by TMZ.com whether he would be interested in returning to the
No such move is imminent as Odom works to regain stability in his own life. According to several reports, Odom recently left a treatment center for substance abuse after a 30-day stay. In October of 2015, he was hospitalized after being found unconscious in Nevada.
At the time, Walton was the
Walton has compared Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson's role coming off the bench to that of Odom, a former sixth man of the year. He has also compared guard Lou Williams' magnetism to Odom's.
Streaks a motivator
The Lakers entered Tuesday’s game against the
"You could think it's a cakewalk or you got their number," Young said. "For them, they beat us nine straight times. They think they know how to win."
This season the Lakers have halted long losing streaks twice. They ended a losing streak to the Clippers at 11 with a win on Christmas Day. And after nine straight losses to the
The simple to the spectacular
An adage of Warriors Coach Steve Kerr has carried over to Walton's philosophy: The simple often leads to the spectacular. Lately, Walton has seen his team believe in that much more.
"We're doing a better job of just making the simple play," Walton said. "It's what we preach all the time. Make the simple play. Hit the next open guy no matter who it is. If we keep playing like that, then we're really at our best. … Open man, open man, open man, all of a sudden the ball's moved four or five times and the spectacular wide-open shot at the end of it."