editor says: With Lakers center Andrew Bynum healthy and ready to go, Pau Gasol will play his natural position of small forward. The versatile Lamar Odom can play either small or power forward, but he’s really more of a PF who happens to have a few SF-like skills. So while making Odom the Lakers starting small forward puts the team’s most talented players on the floor, it’s possible he’s best used off the bench to fill in at multiple positions. Here’s more:

The Press-Enterprise (Jeff Eisenberg) reports:  Odom will get every chance to win the starting job, but Coach Phil Jackson said he would not hesitate to replace him with defensive stopper Trevor Ariza if Odom struggles during training camp. The most obvious problems the Lakers would face with the 6-foot-10 Odom on the perimeter instead of the block is he may be unable to stay in front of opposing wings and his outside shot is too inconsistent to stretch a defense.