May 15, 2007 / 8:13 PM / 12 years ago

Lakers forward Odom has shoulder surgery

The Los Angeles Lakers Lamar Odom (7) scores as Phoenix Suns Shawn Marion (31) watches during first quarter action in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series in Phoenix, April 22, 2007. Odom had surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday and is expected to be fit before the start of next season. REUTERS/Jeff Topping

EL SEGUNDO, California (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom had surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday and is expected to be fit before the start of next season.

The arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn labrum was performed in Los Angeles, the Lakers said in a statement.

Odom, who will wear a sling for 10 days before beginning rehabilitation, is scheduled to be back with the Lakers for their pre-season training camp in October.

Odom averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 56 games in the 2006-07 season before injuring his shoulder against the Sacramento Kings on March 2.

The Lakers lost five successive games immediately following his absence and Odom later suffered a knee injury before returning for their final 23 contests.

He ended the season ranked 23rd among league leaders in double-doubles (25) and ninth in minutes played (39.3).

In five post-season games, Odom averaged 19.4 points and 13.0 rebounds while posting a playoff career-high 33 points against Phoenix on May 2.

Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Malibu, California

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