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Lamar Odom exit interview

Many of you were waiting to hear what LO had to say at his exit interview today, and while there were no real surprises, it's fair to say the mood was a little somber. Not only because he's still pretty down about the Finals -- at times, Odom was barely audible when speaking about his disappointment -- but also because, as it has been basically every year since he arrived in L.A., Odom's future in purple and gold is in doubt. Nobody quite knows what will happen. Will he be traded?  Will he be a small forward?  Could he play some guard? 

What is very clear is Odom's hope to stay in L.A., as he repeated what he has said numerous times before -- "This is where I want to end my career.  As a Laker." 

He also talks about his health, conditioning his body to protect those areas of his body that hurt more than others, how he reacts to the expectations of others, and his choice of local baseball squad. 

BK

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I want to talk about Kobe's pinkie and the shriveled up tendon inside the pinkie.

Is everyone really sure there will be anything left of the tendon to attach by waiting all of this time? Whatever tendon is left now will surely be shriveled up and even less by the time the Olympics are done.

If I'm wrong, please tell me why. I'm not a doctor, but neither is Kobe, what's going on with that pinkie.

If Lamar wants to end his career as a Laker, he's going to need to drop the extension talk and be prepared to sign a $7-$8m contract after next year instead.

Agreed, Lamar needs to earn his extension. A great it would be to keep Lamar on the team, it just doesn't make sense both financially and strategically. His salary is putting the Lakers way over the cap. Also, when Andrew comes back, Lamar will have to play small forward, and that is a position he can't play because he can't shoot mid range jumpers on a regular basis. I would say there is a pretty big chance that Lamar gets traded in the off season. I can't believe he lasted this long to be honest.

I'd like to start the "Sign Quinton Ross to replace Ira Newble and don't do anything else" Bandwagon.

GO LAKERS!

Lamar = Laker for Life

GO LAKERS

I think this is it for Lamar being in a Laker uniform. Time and time again, he has failed in the clutch--when we need him most. The thing is that Lamar has had a difficult life--a life in which makes all of us feel for the guy. He's dealt with failing the Lakers and death amongst his family. I've always rooted for him--since he played for Jim Harrick in Rhode Island and even when he went to the Clippers and then the Heat. When I heard about the Shaq trade, I was excited to have Lamar in our team!! I stood by him when he was the #2 option and now to the #3 option. If he stays with the Lakers next season, he will be the #4 option. He will be the highest paid #4 option in the NBA. And to me--he isn't worth it. It's time for Lamar to go. Colin Cowherd said it best a few weeks back regarding Lamar--no matter how much you want to root and pull for the guy, he will always let his team down when they need him the most. He's an overachiever--ever since he was in highschool. I know I may get a lot of hate for this--but it's the truth. In thinking what's best for the Lakers, they have to part with Odom and pull the trigger on a good trade. Lamar has heart when he's on the court--no doubt. But his heart is not consistently in the game--a la Kobe, Magic, Shaq, West, Wilt, Kareem, etc.

Good day Laker fans,
What to do with Lamar?  Hmm?  That very well may be the biggest question in the offseason.  At 6 "10 and his ball handling skills, he is just too talented to be this mediocre for so long.  Could it be the position he's currently playing which is PF.  Considering everything, he did well at that position,  Just not enough bulk in the upper body which he should build on.  We all know his weakness at the SF position due to his outside shooting.  From what I understand, there is talk of him playing PG for next season.  NOW THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE!

For some reason, I believe we should keep him and see how this development turns out.  BUT AT PG?  Wow!  Makes me think about MAGIC (btw, MAGIC did play C in the 1980 Finals with HUGE success).  Why not experiment?  However, his expiring contract seems too tempting to ignore.  I realize a lot of fans are not happy with him, but hey!  He fairly is still a young player and will learn how to deal with adversity even more.  Heaven sakes guys, he lost his child not even two years ago.  Who would not be distraught and "soft" for a while.  After this past Finals, he will get TOUGH for sure. Like I said earlier, he is too talented to get any worse.  If they say a cat has nine lives, why shoudn't he with the Lakers (of course, just an expression)  Our team played really well with him in the lineup.  Boy, he is an awesome rebounder.  I fear the worst for the team if he is traded.  It's called KARMA.  We all need to believe he will improve even more if that is crazy at all. 
Good luck Lamar and bless you.  Most of all, work hard this offseason.  We are going to count on you once more (If you are still around which I feel you will be).  Laker pride!   

I don't understand the fascination with Lamar Odom. What is the appeal?

The guy has impressive ball-handling skills, can run the offense, and is a terrific rebounder. At times, he's an excellent defender, particularly on ball.

However, we've paid him 13-14 million dollars. His outside shooting (even mid range) is totally undependable. He misses tons of easy layups. He usually needs to drive to score, frequently getting offensive fouls.

As the facilitator in the triangle, he was a failure. He didn't get the offense well enough at the time. He got many turnovers. He could be better now, I guess...

He's a significant matchup problem for many teams in the league. These teams all have undersized power forwards or run a very small ball team. Such teams have been proven to be successful (and fun to watch) during the regular season, but haven't had playoff success worth remembering in 10 years. In other words, we don't really care about these teams. We care about the serious teams.

As a small forward, his outside shot is unacceptably poor. He's not a threat to score and that allows other teams to pack the lane on D. As a power forward, he gets outmuscled by bigger guys.

Lamar has played well the end of the last two seasons and the playoffs last season. He played well at home in most of the playoff games this year.

The real issue that I have is inconsistency. With his paycheck, he should be out to lunch no more than 1/5 games, shoot well from outside and be a legitimate scoring threat from midrange on in.

By all accounts, nice guy.

This is business though and I want my team to win without overpaying anyone badly.

I'm tired of Lamar's maddening inconsistency. I want him as a sixth man behind Ron Artest, or not at all.

People, let's understand that last fall,nobody thought we'd get past the first round , nuch less make it to the finals. The addition of Gasol, Ariza and a healthy Bynum will make a difference next year. The number one priority is to resign Sasha and Turiaf. We should be proud of this team for what it accomplished, beating San Antonio was a HUGE accomplishment!!! Yes, I am upset and disappointed about the Finals Loss, but I know we can get there again, and we WILL!!!

I don't know about this very likeable and skilled guy.

LAMAR ODOM NEEDS TO GO !

Absolute Truth,
Am extension doesn't have to be at the same salary; it could be more, less, or the same.

I don't understand the fascination with Lamar Odom. What is the appeal?

The guy has impressive ball-handling skills, can run the offense, and is a terrific rebounder. At times, he's an excellent defender, particularly on ball.

[That's pretty much a lot of appeal]

However, we've paid him 13-14 million dollars. His outside shooting (even mid range) is totally undependable. He misses tons of easy layups. He usually needs to drive to score, frequently getting offensive fouls.

[That is what he was signed for and we got the contract in the trade. He had a good mid range jumper but was inconsistant with the 3's. But then again is that the coaches responsibility to practice those shots? Or is the coach paid 12-13 million to sit on his arse and let the players figure it out? LO needs benefit of doubt and a coach who will help him.]

As the facilitator in the triangle, he was a failure. He didn't get the offense well enough at the time. He got many turnovers. He could be better now, I guess...

[ Yes he did do a good job as facilitator andthat was the problem. PJ wanted offense and tried to force him away from his skill set. LO tried to get players involved but PJ wanted him to be the 2nd option. Not having been coached for this it did not work. pJ should have told Kobe go to LO and teach him to turn his body like you do when driving for layup so it won't be a charge. LO btw did practice using his off hand and had some success there. ]

He's a significant matchup problem for many teams in the league. These teams all have undersized power forwards or run a very small ball team. Such teams have been proven to be successful (and fun to watch) during the regular season, but haven't had playoff success worth remembering in 10 years. In other words, we don't really care about these teams. We care about the serious teams.

[ Seems to me a match up problem is good on any team and LO had a good series against the better teams in the play offs and helped there. He had a couple of off nights but that is not reason to dump him. If you use that argument why not dump Kobe because he had a terrible series against Boston? He was inconsistant and his shots were not falling. Sound familiar?]

As a small forward, his outside shot is unacceptably poor. He's not a threat to score and that allows other teams to pack the lane on D. As a power forward, he gets outmuscled by bigger guys.

[ LO does not get out muscled and he is a heck of a rebounder. He needs to work on his jumpers and will be ok if he does. Now having said all that I hope we keep him but also hope he chooses to take a pay cut to help keep the team together. Now I hear PJ wants to use him at guard next year when AB gets back. PJ wants to wait next year. Why didn't he use Mbenga at center and Pau at sf while using LO at guard this year? Justs waits til next year to try and win championship? Of course some will say DJ is not AB but Pau is not AB but he was used at center. The saying goes if it ain't broke don't fix it. I say it is broke but tweak it to get it running.

Lamar has played well the end of the last two seasons and the playoffs last season. He played well at home in most of the playoff games this year.

The real issue that I have is inconsistency. With his paycheck, he should be out to lunch no more than 1/5 games, shoot well from outside and be a legitimate scoring threat from midrange on in.

By all accounts, nice guy.

This is business though and I want my team to win without overpaying anyone badly.

I'm tired of Lamar's maddening inconsistency. I want him as a sixth man behind Ron Artest, or not at all.

Posted by: Benjamin | June 21, 2008 at 04:49 AM

Lamar Odom = Laker for Life.

He needs an extension, just at a lower rate.

GO LAKERS!

BK,

What's up when you ask questions? I've noticed that quite a few of the players give you something of an evil look when you ask questions.

GO LAKERS!

If only Lamar and Luke can shoot the ball like Danny Ferry. (small forward with limited skill). that could be great for our team.. isnt it that Craig Hodges is our shooting coach? Can he help these guys develop their shooting the way Chip Engelland did to Tony Parker?

Gasol, Ariza, Walton, Odom, even Bynum need to improve their shooting.

why not hire high school coaches who are good at it.

Jon K-

Totally agree about keeping Odom for less money. I think he'll do it too. He clearly wants to win, so Lakers is the best spot there. And he loves LA. He has tons of business ventures here and it would probably hurt those if he were to go to a Minnesota, Charlotte, Memphis etc. Plus, if he goes somewhere else he will be counted on as the #2 scorer and we all know he doesn't like that. Pretty much I think the Lakers are perfect for Lamar and Lamar is perfect for the Lakers.

Lamar = Laker for Life

GO LAKERS

Lamar at point? Interesting. We're going to have more turnovers again.

I've waffled a little on Lamar as far as should we keep him or should we seek to use him as trade bait. It's only fair that I be allowed to be inconsistent given his extreme inconsistency.

I strongly believe he will always be as inconsistent as he is now. He's just a mellow underachiever. Sort of like Vince Carter. I also believe he is clearly overpaid to a significant degree right now.

I hope he will get it together and stop smoking weed or get ADD meds or a see a psychiatrist for whatever the hell his problem his. I don't assume this situation will actually occur.

I'm willing to give him one more year, but it's not like we haven't given the experiment with him time to percolate. And it's not like he's wowed us. I wouldn't be particularly disappointed to see him go.

As a sixth man, his current performance would be sweet. As a starter, he's been a major disappointment.

I'm totally aware we traded Shaq's enormous contract in part for Lamar's overvaluing contract.

I predict Lamar will frustrate whatever team he's on by having dashes of brilliant play, demonstration of great basketball skills, punctuated by brain farts that would get high school ballers yanked from a game. I have still not forgiven him for stepping on the court, then inbounding the ball, giving the Lakers a turnover.

If my only job this summer was to get better at catch and shoot and maybe go right and finish right for a reward of fan devotion, legacy, title, money....I'd say that's easy and go freakin' do it.

If my only job this summer was to get better at catch and shoot and maybe go right and finish right for a reward of fan devotion, legacy, title, money....I'd say that's easy and go freakin' do it.

Posted by: Steve L | June 22, 2008 at 08:49 AM

Easy for you to say. You don't know what it's like, man!

OH, NO!

LAMAR WANTS TO REMAIN A LAKER!

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!

KOBE SHOULD CHANGE HIS NUMBER BACK TO # 8
A lot of athletes are have superstitions but kobe probably would not care with his normal defiant atitude .But don't you guys think it awary that it was 24 points quandered by his team in his 24th final game and he wears the # 24 jersey.
ie 24 24 24 kind of like 666 in omen

Keep LO. His strengths outweigh his weaknesses.
What he does bring to the team is a positive.
He will need to work on his driving ability and his mid range game.

Every year around this time of season since Odom become a Laker. There's no shortage of "fans" pushing to get Odom traded. That's just unfortunate.

To me, there's a "Laker quality" that's unmistakable. Magic & Fisher symbolize it. Smush Parker, Brian Cook, JR Rider, Glen Rice, Ruben Patterson don't have it. Waiting for Sasha to finally prove he has it, Farmar is on the verge of getting it, I believe Arizor will find it within him next season, Walton & Ronny have it. And Odom has it.

After last season, I was adamant about keeping Odom. Especially after what it seems like he was the only player playing his heart out against Phoenix. I still cannot believe those who wanted to trade Odom for J.Oneal or Al Harrington.

This season, I'm willing to consider trading Odom, ONLY if it is a truly good trade that will benefit the Lakers and make the composition obviously better. The key reason for my change of heart is: Odom did not knock anyone to the floor in a game like game#6, especially after KG knocked Odom down on Odom's drive to the basket. And they way Ray Allen was having his own personal party of 3 balls in the 4th quarter.

However, with that stated. I will still hold-on to Odom until at least the trading dead-line next season. I have always thought Mitch to be at least an average GM if not a good or very good GM. And Mitch has proven that he is very patient when it comes to pull the right trigger. So, I don't think Odom will be traded during the summer. Micth will certainly take calls involving Odom, but the trigger will not easily be pulled. Unless it's Odom for LeBron.. ha, ha, ha...

I hope to see the line up of Bynum, Gasol, Odom, Kobe & Fisher/Farmar play to see how devastating this line-up can be. Either for the opponent or for the Lakers(don't think so).

Odom has been a very good rebounder. Playing small fwd, away from the basket, will hurt his production. Hope he will improve his free throw shooting & mid-range pull-ups & catch-shoot over this summer.

I still believe in Lamar Odom, and hope to see him retire as a Laker like Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Cooop & Scott.

Can't wait for the 12-25-2008 game between the Celtics & Lakers, to be played at Shanghai(???)

OKAY SO WHEN DID LAMAR ODOM FORGET HOW TO JUMP...RAY ALLEN AND RONDO WERE GETTING REBOUNDS OVER ODOM. PERKINS WAS PUNKING HIM.

THE LAKE SHOW NEEDS TO GET RID OF THAT DUDE, HE SUCKS. KOBE SHOULD OF CALLED HIM OUT CAUSE HE DIDNT LEAVE HIS FEET. PERFECT EXAMPLE IS WHEN RAY ALLEN WENT UP TO DUNK ON ODOM AND HE JUST PUT HIS HAND UP AND POKED RAY ALLEN IN THE EYE...IF HE HAD JUMPED HE WOULD OF BLOCKED THAT WEAK STUFF

Lamar Odom brings the rest of the Lakers together with his play and personality. His passing is awesome. I would love to see him at PG. His only weakness is his outside shooting. How many shooters do you want around with Kobe present.
I think he is the most exciting player in the entire NBA to watch when he is passing the ball or going for a lay-up.


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