Gasol misses opener to rest hamstring

Updated: October 28, 2009, 12:05 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Forward Pau Gasol sat out the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener to rest his strained right hamstring.

Gasol missed the defending champions' final six preseason games with the injury. Lamar Odom took his spot in the starting lineup against the Clippers on Tuesday night, and D.J. Mbenga took his place on the active roster. Odom scored 16 points and grabbed 13 boards as the Lakers won 99-92.

The Spaniard still was on hand at Staples Center to receive his championship ring in a pregame ceremony.

Coach Phil Jackson is hopeful Gasol will return Friday night against Dallas.

Gasol averaged 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season while starting 81 games.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.