Reviews were positive for both players, whose return undoubtedly will help stabilize a team that has lost 12 of its past 15 games. Whether Odom will be an attacker or a player who protecting his left shoulder, however, remains to be seen. “I’m going to go out there and play at full throttle,” Odom said. 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 LamarOdom. Odom returned to the practice court Monday along with forward Luke Walton and is hopeful of playing Thursday at Denver, less than two weeks after suffering a torn labrum that likely will require surgery after the season. The Lakers won just six of 17 games after he returned from a knee injury in December; Odom averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists but shot 41.7 percent. How Odom plays when he returns will likely determine whether or not the Lakers can make something out of this injury-ravaged season. Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, who ran Monday’s practice while head coach Phil Jackson went to the dentist, acknowledged Odom would be putting himself in a position to 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, 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. Rambis said the Lakers forced Odom, who uses his left hand almost exclusively on the floor, to test his shoulder in practice by playing him at a wing spot instead of in the backcourt. “He was in rebounding, he was attacking the basket and he was getting inside,” Rambis said. “That let us know that at least at some point in time mentally, that he’s ready to go with that and ready to challenge his shoulder.” Walton, meanwhile, remained 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 are 6-15 without Walton, not that he expected his return to provide any guaranteed relief from the Lakers’ collective misery; their past three losses have come by an average of 24points. “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. NOTABLE The NBA assessed Kobe Bryant a flagrant foul type1 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 was trying to dribble free for a shot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!