Assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who ran Monday’s practice while Phil Jackson went to the dentist, acknowledged that Odom would be putting himself in position where he could aggravate his shoulder just by trying to secure a rebound. “You put that shoulder in a situation where you’re reaching back and somebody grabs it, you know it’s going to hurt,” Rambis said. “So it’s something that he’s going to have to continue to fight through and play. “We hope that like he showed today, that he can play through that and he can block it out and be aggressive, and that’s what we need from him.” Odom has been vague about the state of his shoulder, although he reported no pain after practice. He would not commit to the offseason surgery and said of his first day back: “I’m just taking my time. I’ll mix it up a little bit more tomorrow.” Walton, meanwhile, remain- ed on track to return against Denver. He said he started feeling weakness in his injured right ankle only at the end of practice, after he had become fatigued from playing in three full-court games. The Lakers have gone just 6-15 without Walton. Not that Walton expected his return (along with Odom’s) to provide any guaranteed relief from the Lakers’ collective misery. Their last three losses have come by an average of 24 points. “It’s not that simple,” Walton said. “We’re not playing like a team right now. Just throwing guys back in there is not going to make it happen. It’ll help, because I think Lamar and I are both very unselfish players. “But we’ve got to do it as a team. We have to all start buying into the offense again, and our defense, we’re not even playing any defense. We’ve got to as a team come together and decide we want to start stopping people.” LAKERS NOTES: The NBA assessed Kobe Bryant a Type 1 flagrant foul for an elbow he delivered to the head of Philadelphia’s Kyle Korver late in the first half of Friday’s loss. No foul was called on the play. … Bryant and Brian Cook were excused from Monday’s practice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There were positive reviews for both players, whose return undoubtedly will help stabilize a team that has lost 12 of its last 15 games. Whether Odom, though, will be an attacking player or one who is protecting his left shoulder remains to be seen. “I’m going to go out there and play at full throttle,” Odom said. When he is at his aggressive best, Odom is one of the NBA’s most dynamic players, attacking the basket. When he is at his passive worst, Odom is largely a jump shooter, taking up residence on the perimeter. Odom was the first player before he injured his right knee in December and the second player after he returned. The Lakers won just six of 17 games with him back; Odom averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists but shot 41.7 percent. Now the question is, which Odom will return for the final 18 games of the season? How Odom goes likely will determine whether the Lakers can make something out of this injury-ravaged season. EL SEGUNDO – As if the questions about their second six-game losing streak of the season and their 36-point drubbing by Dallas weren’t enough, the Lakers also have to wonder just what player they will be getting back this week in Lamar Odom. Odom returned to the practice court Monday – along with forward Luke Walton – and is hopeful of playing Thursday at Denver. That would be less than two weeks after suffering a torn labrum that likely will require surgery after the season.