Wednesday's Lakers News: Walton talks to Odom about joining his staff

Lakers' poor shooting in second half leads to 108-87 loss to Trail Blazers: For nearly a full minute after his postgame news conference ended, Lakers Coach Luke Walton stared at the box score from the Lakers’ 108-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday with his brow furrowed as he reviewed it. “I’m still trying to figure out what just happened in the second half, honestly,” Walton had said nine minutes before, when the news conference began. -- Los Angeles Times

Walton has spoken with former Lakers teammate Odom about coaching: Lakers Coach Luke Walton often talks with his old friend and teammate Lamar Odom. Sometimes the conversation turns to Odom’s future and the possibility of a return to basketball in a coaching capacity. “I think Lamar would be great,” Walton said. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' third-quarter issues continue in 108-87 loss to Blazers: Everything seemed so splendid. The Lakers’ teamwork and hustle continued. Luol Deng appeared on pace toward writing another chapter in his improved play. The Lakers made inroads on their defense by somehow holding Portland guard Damian Lillard to an inefficient shooting night. Then, the third quarter happened. And everything went south. Again. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' D'Angelo Russell picks a fight Damian Lillard and Blazers are happy to finish: If it wasn’t made clear by Damian Lillard’s scowl as his teammates pulled him away, he is not fond of D’Angelo Russell. Not after he said the Lakers second-year guard was throwing “slick little elbows” in their matchup Tuesday night, a 108-87 Trail Blazers win at Staples Center. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Luke Walton believes Lamar Odom 'would be great' on his staff, though complications remain: The development sounds like a tailor-made Hollywood comeback story, let alone something to feature on one of the Kardashian reality television shows. After going in and out of rehab more than a year after facing a near-death experience at a Las Vegas brothel, former Lakers forward Lamar Odom reached out to Lakers coach Luke Walton to express interest about joining his staff. -- The Orange County Register

After D'Angelo Russell 'pokes the bear,' Damian Lillard leads Blazers past Lakers, 108-87: The Lakers went cold and Damian Lillard got angry. From there it was pretty much over. Lillard fueled a game-changing third quarter surge as the Portland Trail Blazers cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers 108-87 victory Tuesday night at Staples Center. -- The Oregonian

Don't Poke The Bear: D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers learned a valuable lesson about the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at Staples Center: Don't poke the bear. Russell, the second-year guard for the Lakers, incited Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard with elbows that led to some nose-to-nose words in the third quarter, resulting in a stunning awakening for the All-Star guard and an about face for the Portland team that led to a rousing 108-87 victory over the Lakers. -- CSNNW.com