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If anything, Lamar Odom isn't eating ENOUGH candy

Who'da thunk a seemingly innocent ESPN segment documenting Lamar Odom's lust for all things candy would have created such a Southland stir? Yes, the man cops to a serious sugar craving, but this hardly felt like front page news.  (It actually struck me more as a semi-organic excuse to crank up Jerry and the boys.

Well, tell that to Dr. Daniel Amen, a brain imaging specialist/psychiatrist/Lakers die hard. The Amen Clinics founder was so thrown for a tizzy by this discovery of LO's fondness for Gummy Bears and the like that he constructed an essay detailing what he believes to be the connection between Odom's sugar intake and an inconsistent career.  In a nutshell, the good doctor thinks Lawrence Davis isn't the only athlete that should be nicknamed "Crash."

I asked LO about this essay, and fairly amused, he threw some data of his own Amen's way. Specifically, the figures 19 and 14, then 20 and 8.   "The games I played well (against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals) were the games where I ate candy for breakfast," smiled Odom. "I guess he's wrong. Even though, I mean, he's a doctor. Doctors are usually always right."

Oh, and that Game 5/6 Breakfast Of Champions? Now and Laters, Skittles and, of course, Starburst Jelly beans (LO's "new kick").  Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Wheaties!!!


Phil Jackson was asked about Lamar's candy crush, which he thinks may have been exaggerated a bit for entertainment value. Still, he's not wild about that diet, nor a proponent of Halloween.

For more on this candy controversy, check out Lamar's hilarious interview on 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland Show. He appears around twenty-nine minutes in and it's worth the listen just to hear LO sing a few bars of a classic tune.

And as long as we're discussing candy, let's turn to it's kissing cousin, the cookie. The consumption of which, metaphorically speaking, is the closest LeBron James will come to tasting a title this year (unless, of course, he combines symbolism and reality by kicking ass in a cookie eating contest). It's been presented rather subtlety through commercial campaigns and the media, but a Kobe-LeBron showdown was being treated as somewhat expected and anticipated. With the King's time now spent fielding questions about New York, some might consider a Lakers-Magic Finals robbed of any intrigue.  But as I detailed while asking readers if they wanted Cleveland or Orlando, the matchups may lack the Mamba-LBJ star power, but they're no less intriguing from a pure basketball standpoint.

In particular, I'm very curious to see how Pau Gasol- arguably lacking a natural defensive assignment- handles guarding Rashard Lewis, a considerably different cover than he typically faces. With build of a four but the game of a three, Lewis' downtown prowess will often drag Gasol further from the basket than he usually resides. Throw in the time Gasol will also spend checking beastly Dwight Howard in the paint, and El Spaniard could end up feeling muy loco by series' end.

"Yeah, that's going to be difficult because I'm probably going to be guarding Lewis at times and then Howard at times, which are two completely opposite players. Two completely opposite bodies. You have to adjust and just flip the switch just like that and be ready.  It's a challenge but I'm looking forward to it."

I also asked Phil about how the coaching staff prepares Pau for the change of pace in store.

It's probably just me, but I got a distinct sense that Phil wanted to keep any approaches close to the vest. But even while maintaining radio silence, PJ did allow a little info to slip through the cracks. The Zen Master's persona is one that typically involves the phrase "letting players figure things out for themselves."  But those worried such a philosophy equals simply telling Gasol to "play through it" as Lewis creates space around the three point line, fear not. The issue is getting covered in practice.  So we got that going for us.

MORE VIDEO


Trevor Ariza, on this being a completely different Magic team than the one last faced in January, and the friendly relationship with former Orlando teammates.

More video to come, once Youtube finishes a maintenance.

AK

 
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Lamar Is eating WAY too much candy.

Way too much.

It's not good for him nor good for his game.

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What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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According to Bio-Chrono, Lamar Odom's mental and creative/spiritual processes metabolically are carbohydrate dependent. So something is going on with those levels where he feels he needs to "PUMP THINGS UP" to do well with a tremendous amount of sugar.

It's not good for him.

I like Lamar. I want him to do well. I want him to retire a Laker. He's a good guy and great player. And it's okay for him to indulge in carbohydrates more so than the average person, but going haywire on these things will also produce greater problems than they will for the average person who is not orientated like he is.

It's really about controlling glucose spikes. Starch is actually worse than sucrose, but, God willing, Lamar could find some complex carbohydrate that he loves and gorge himself on that... it would be a lot better than candy.

Believe me.

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LO is such a stoner! talking about candy and how he played in game 7? there was no game 7 against denver. SUCH A STONER LAMAR

Hmmm... watching that video, Trevor's a good guy. I wonder why he chose to get a trashy neck tattoo.

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AK/BK
Why is the blog so difficult to find? I had to type in Lakers Blog in the search area.

My view on the great candy debate of 2009. I relate to the issue to some small degree - my teenaged daughter, a competitive equestrian jumper, was encouraged some years back by a trainer to eat all the sugar she wants in the morning before jumping at a show. The reason having to do with a good performance after said consumption. The daughter's recently used the Lamar business to bolster her arguments for cookies for breakfast.

Personally, I don't agree with her or her trainer, although I'm a bit of a hypocrite having enjoyed candy and coffee in the A.M. on more than a few occasions. Of course, there's inevitably a situation of what goes up must come down, be it horse jumping, hoops or sugar. Still, I'm not convinced that there's a huge correlation when it comes to Odom's career on whole.

I've followed Lamar pretty closely since he came into the league and he's been maddeningly consistent in his inconsistency. In order for Amen's essay to really hold water he would have had to establish a long term pattern, in other words, Odom's candy cravings would have had to have been constant over the course of his career. And, if that had been the case, one could argue that 10 years worth of skittles haven't had an obvious negative health impact.

The candy stuff is fun to talk about but I don't really think it has much to do with his game. And at any rate, Odom's a guy who seems to come alive during the playoffs so I think we're in pretty good shape with him.

Gary Vitti has also been concerned about all the sugar but said of Odom: “He really doesn’t do that much sugar.”

thursday is too long. If nelson comes back that sucks for us but i have hope and we will fight to the end. If we shoot the ball well i feel like there is no reason why we should loose.

It'll be an interesting matchup, odom vs. the ORL forwards.

Both frontcourts can score inside, both can shoot the three. And yet right there in the paint, ORL has Gortat, an unnatural monster. Not to mention the new version of David Robinson crossed with Spud Webb-like acrobatics, the DPOY who will be the best defender on the court.

It would appear that everything rests in bynumb's knees. assuming he can defend well enough to secure the paint.

Are you freakin' kidding me? Lebron wasn't fined. If it were Kobe he would have been fined AND suspended for five games. Maybe Stern fined the referees who let the Magic win. Rules are rules, unless Stern's Golden Child is involved. Puh-leeeze.

"Gortat, an unnatural monster"

Hilarious!

WOW L.O. is hilarioussss "Let me tell you, they made fun of Picasso too" in regards to his fashion sense. loll!

Derek Fisher on EBAY

He is auctioning off two Lakers tickets - Game one, sec 200

Includes after game meet and greet, plus his game shoes autographed - all to benefit his former school

Last bid - $2050

http://tiny.cc/9S717

if there was any dount, this clinches it. Lamar just slightly behind magic on my all time favorite lakers. finally, a role model for massive candy comsumption.

but yeah, that doctor was kind of talking out of his patootie so far as i know. if there is any statistical evidence ever about sugar consumption and 'crashes' i haven't seen it, and the burden of proof rests on him.

go nuts, lamar. and chill out, jon k. a guy who spends that much time on a bar stool shouldn't throw too many stones- kidding.

i do wonder what his favorite kind of starburst jelly bean is. and when the celebrity dentist endorsement will come.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOVE, AND THE OCCASIONAL NOW AND LATER.

GO LAKERS

Jon K. GET A NEW SLOGAN YOU SOUNDS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD, USE SOME CREATIVITY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD:


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Posted by: Jon K. | June 01, 2009 at 07:55 PM

JOn K

what does Trevor's tattoo say?!

- The reason Lamar plays better when he has candy in the morning is because addicts function much worse when they are going through withdrawals. It's a short term fix. If sugar is the real reason for Lamar's inconsistency (which I doubt), he should kick the habit in the offseason, not during the finals.

- A rusty Jameer Nelson still has the edge over Fish.

The ESPN segment on Lamar's candy addiction was priceless. He can eat all the candy he wants if it gives him the sugar rush to play through the roof. That's the level we'll need him at throughout the Finals. Is it Thursday yet?

Dave M,

I agree with your observation on Lamar's career and his inconsistency. Nothing to do with sugar but something to do with his head and bad habits. Lamar is a good person, as we can see not wearing tattoos except that star haircut last year, however, he needs a strong mentor or role model to advice him on his career path, on cracks, on chocolates. He may be burning those sugar today but whatever residues not burned is stored in pancreas which may haunt him in the years to come. He should learn something from Zo Mourning or from the late Wayman Tisdale. on their debilitating diseases.

People should stop worrying about Lamar's candy diet. First, because we don't want anyone on the team radically modifying their diet now just days before the Finals, so whatever your diet stick to it, and second, most of the concerns about sugar intake are related to health and learning, and as far as we can tell LO is in great health right now, isn't going to put on extra pounds from the sugar intake, considering his physical fitness and activity level, and isn't trying to learn complex subjects.

In some ways, even talking about the sugar cycle with the ups and downs doesn't relate to LO, because the cycles aren't that short, LO is eating candy in the morning, all day, before the game, probably at halftime too, so the concerns about "crashing" and what not are unfounded, because the cycles aren't that short and LO is powering himself through any cycles with more intake.

Also, there's no direct witness evidence that LO loses steam during a game either, even his critics will tell you that games he's supposedly "missing" are usually pretty much the whole game, and as someone who has watched him closely, LO has had plenty of slow starts where the haters were chiming about him, even though they never pay attention to D and almost always obsess about points scored, but LO recovered and ended up with a strong game, even getting some of those numbers people want him to get, so he doesn't fit the pattern of a guy suffering from blood sugar crashes (Dr. Amen should do more homework before making a diagnosis).

As for LO, critics eventually should stop always focus on his points scored, or number of rebounds, and actually watch how this guy keys our defense, putting in great effort every night (not taking nights off), and really the success of our team with him on the floor this season (in terms of his amazing +/-) speaks mostly to our improvement defensively, with also some boost to the offense in terms of moving the ball better and his mismatches.

If you care to look at the On/Off statistics for LO this season, you'll see that our defense is orders of magnitude better when LO is on the floor (vs. off the floor), and our offense better, altogether to the tune of outscoring our opponents by +16 with LO on the floor, as opposed to being outscored by 2 points when he was off the floor (and actually, on/off shows his impact as 8 points on both the offensive and defensive ends).

http://tinyurl.com/OdomOnOff

"so the concerns about 'crashing' and what not are unfounded, because the cycles aren't that short and LO is powering himself through any cycles with more intake"

sorry, by cycles not being that short, I mean in relation to the length of the games, and lo's ability to replenish his sugar during the game to avoid any crashes

broken arrow, don't go dissin' on my man, Jon K. it's not cool. he's a LA Times Blog Icon. what are you?

If you eat enough candy, you probably have some kind of tolerance build up too. Personally, I almost never eat any candy or intake any processed sugar of any kind, so when I actually do scarf down some candy or a few cokes, I get giddy and do have trouble concentrating on a single thing (which isn't a problem if I'm playing basketball and need to act/react to multiple changing stimuli).

Lamar Odom saying: "Game 6 and Game 7, I had candy for breakfast"......

Where the hell did we play Game #7 against Denver?? Is dude sleeping??? Or was this interview after the Houston series??

Rick F,

Team Magic should apologize to Lebron for not allowing "the true competitor" reach the Finals. It doesn't make sense to congratulate (for I'm just a competitor like the Henry VIII, I am).

I was laughing at the Game 7 thing too, but then thought maybe he was referring to Game 7 against the Rockets, since he did initially talk about Games 5 and 6, and then later mentioned Games 5, 6 and then added 7.

Ok fine, I need a lot less of an excuse than AK to spin the Dead but there you go. But things get more cosmic than that, Charlie. LO and Jerry might have been seperated at birth; Garcia never met a candy bar he didn't like (the Fat Man Rocks), he lived at 710 Haight, LO is on 710 ESPN, Garcia loved basketball (ok, so he was a Celtics fan but dude could jam).

GO LAKERS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

I think Phil is playing it close to the vest beacause Van Gundy does the same thing.

He never tells the sideline reporter anything which annoys me

i'm sure that the media is spinning this whole "Candy-Gate" thing out of control. i imagine Lamar indulges in candy every so often, and might have increased it during the playoffs, but i'm sure his regular diet consists of normal meals. (meanwhile, Kobe likes to have chicken and rice on game days, i believe... which explains a lot)

John K. -

Why don't we get L.O. some of those Quaker Oatmeal instant packs? Like the maple and brown sugar kind? That might help things out a bit.

Hope you're enjoying the Cleve!

does anyone know where I can download the Lakers-Magic Finals Playoff Schedule Screensaver?

ok, critical beatdown said it better than I did. Big surprise. either way. Lamar is the man, and I hope .04's school gets some new nets, or a new cafeteria, or a new campus in westwood, given the price of lakers finals tickets these days.

actually, now that i really think about it, is this the most random pre finals 'story' ever? I can't think of anything quite so inconsequential getting this much play. of course, in the era of the blog o' sphere, there is so much more room to talk. either way, I needed the laugh today, so thanks, everybody, and...um, amen for the doctor who gave his opinion, whatever his name is.

Not sure if this has been posted yet:
http://tinyurl.com/m6rk2v

but it made me chuckle..

"Lebron, why you skipped out on the press conf...ACHOO! excuse me... I'm allergic to losers"

In honor of LO, I just finished 4 whole boxes of chocolate covered toffee crusted macadamia nuts (24 count each) this past week. LO, don't stop eating candy until we win the championship. As a reward, I will send your assistant the address of the whole sale candy warehouse in Socal that is opened to the public. The first tub of twizzlers is on me!!!!

I love LO.

fill up the skittles dish, break out the M&M's. Reese's and Starbursts, shucked of their wrappers and ready.

and most of all...Throw It Down, Big Man!

go Lakers.

I'm willing to experiment a bit with Odom's diet.

Since he does consume a lot of candy ($77 in a typical week at bulk rates), we know refined sugar can cause a crash and we've seen Odom seriously lose focus it would make sense to at least try to see what happens when he chills on the candy.

People need to pay a little better attention. That's at least fifteen pounds of candy, probably more like 20-25.

What do we really have to lose? Can he actually play less consistently? I mean seriously.

Why not have candy be his reward if and only if he plays a game well?

If his candy consumption is to an extent that his fellow players are a little freaked out, the trainers are concerned and his doctors suggest chilling on the candy, it's excessive and you guys know it.

lamar should not change his diet before the finals. seriously, you do not change anything drastically a couple of days before the finals. if anything that is when he is going to crash. i also think his candy addiction maybe overexaggerated. i remember a couple of years ago kobe said he used to eat chocolate before games for energy. lamar will be okay. it makes me love lamar even more knowing that we have the same taste in candy.

If Lamar gets a triple double in any game, the entire Staples fans should get a bag of candy. Forget the tacos.

Whatever works! I'm a little supersticious so I may have candy for breakfast on game days. By the way, Thursday is still to far away. I don't know what I'm going to do all summer. It'll be miserable.

Jon K's consistent cheers make me as happy as candy!

Go Candy - eaters !!
GO LO !!!!
Go Jon K !!!!
and
GOOOoooOOOOOO LAKERS !!!!!!!!

Lamar hates his pancreas.

Edwin,

>>> Team Magic should apologize to Lebron for not allowing "the true competitor" reach the Finals.

ROFLMAO!

leornardbast,

"(meanwhile, Kobe likes to have chicken and rice on game days, i believe... which explains a lot)"

what does it explan yo? u calling the mamba a chicken? u calling him chicken? u saying he's chickened out the past couple of finals he's been in? u saying he's lost his nerve? is that it yo?

explain yourself before u get a beatdown yo

umm is it thursday yet?

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Hmmm... watching that video, Trevor's a good guy. I wonder why he chose to get a trashy neck tattoo.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | June 01, 2009 at 08:15 PM
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On the right side is the tattoo of an angel. On the left side is the tattooed name of his brother, Tajh, who was killed a dozen years ago at age 5 when he fell 36 stories out of an apartment window.

"The angel watches over me, and I pray to Tajh," Ariza said.

-BILL PLASCHKE
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No so trashy now are they Jon K.

BROKEN ARROW,

Ummm... let me think about it.

No.

You're a bit of a control freak, aren't you? What? Mommy didn't love you?

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jacqueline,

I have no idea.

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What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

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The Infamous El Guapo,

If that's what Trevor's tattoo says, it's a beautiful sentiment, but it doesn't change the fact that neck tattoos, as a general rule, are trashy.

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What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Anna in Bondi,

Thanks for the link. Funniest version yet!

LOL!

--Fearless

Caliphilosopher,

I get the impression that Lamar likes the convenience of candy as much as he likes the sugar high he gets. My sister has the same problem and it is not only screwing up her health, but she is reknown for her mood swings as a result.

While I'd love to see Lamar switch to oatmeal (oatmeal? There's got to be a funner complex carb? Vegetables maybe? {Sigh} I guess oatmeal is the "funnest" complex carb. That sucks.), I don't see it happening.

All I know is that if Lamar calls up 100 medical doctors and/or nutritionists, he'll get 100 people telling him that consuming SO MUCH candy is ultimately hurting his health and his game. That's the facts, jack!

Regarding Cleveland, life is a bit better now that the LeBroniacs have been put in their place and Ohio does get two months a year of nice weather (mid-May to mid-June and September), so life could be worse. I think I'm just going to save up to move back to California and when I get enough funds just take the leap and pray that God guides me in the right direction. Generally speaking, Ohio sucks and I've gotten tired of complaining about it. It's about time to do something about it.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Good morning Mamba24 & Laker morning CRUE!!

Is it Thursday yet???????

SOOOO many great comments - I'm sitting here by myself LMAO! Happy the boss is away today...

Is it Thursday yet?????

I feel I MUST make a reply to those who keep insisting it would be a good idea to sign Bill Bill Testes to the Lakers. WHY would we want to do that? Did you not watch the Rockets series? Did you not see how many times he went all street rat crazy? Or did you not see how many times he chose to dribble for 23 seconds and then chuck up a brick? Why would we want someone like that on the team? It would add nothing extra to our abilities or chemistry that would be worth taking the risk.

This is such a bad idea that it gives other bad ideas the will to live.

C'mon now - JUST SAY NO to Bill Ron Testes.

Just one more thing: IS IT THURSDAY YET?????

Taliq/leonardbast,

As I understand it, the ideal meal (glucose wise) before a game/strenuous physical activity is a meal of chicken, rice, and broccoli.

If Kobe's doing that, it's further evidence that the guy's a mature, dedicated athlete.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hey El Guapo - thanks for the post about Trevor and his tatoos. It's always good to remember what some of our guys have been through to become not only great athletes and Lakers, but nice people - whole people.

Whenever I hear "fans" calling for LO to be traded because he's dumb or how Trevor is stupid to gamble on defense - or whatever - I just want to remind them of stuff like this.

These are boys who were forced to become men for reasons most of us will never have to face. We should root for their success - always.

They are facing life with a positive attitude and the least we can do is the same.

GO LAKERS!!!! WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!

BTW,

I'm not buying LBJ's day after press confo either. All that, "you don't congratulate a dude who just beat you up" stuff. Good sportsmen absolutely do congratulate the dude who dethrones them. While growing up, often the guy that stands up to you and finally beats you winds up being your best friend.

At least that is what it was like when I was growing up. That went either for fighting in the streets, or competing on the field. If you were a big fish and got taken down, that person was the one you came to respect the most.

I KNOW Kobe would have embraced 'Melo at least if Denver had delivered the beat-down on the Lakers.

LBJ is correct, it isn't a "good sportsman" thing. It's a respect thing, and we clearly see evidence that Kobe respects the other great players around the NBA (with a couple of notable exceptions).

BTW, has anyone read this article by Charley Rosen?

http://tinyurl.com/kq8mkk

AK/BK posted it yesterday in another thread. When you read it, his criticisms about LBJ sound exactly like those people used to float about Kobe 2 years ago. Just erase LeBron and write Kobe and there ya' go!

So, not only can LeBron get better, but this dude just gave away the secret recipe.

DANG!

--Fearless

I think we need a new Bandwagon. I want to start the "Now, I can officially hate LBJ Bandwagon".

laila,

"lamar should not change his diet before the finals. seriously, you do not change anything drastically a couple of days before the finals."

Lamar should consult a couple of highly regarded sports nutritionists and get their opinions on the matter. If they think that cutting off candy cold turkey so close to the Finals will screw up his game, then by all means, I hope Lamar enjoys his breakfast of Skittles and Ding Dongs.

If based upon their knowledge, altering his diet so close to the Finals would improve the consistency of this game, well, then Lamar should change his fricken diet.

We all know how good Lamar can be. What has plagued him throughout the years:

1. Inconsistency
2. Poor gametime decision-making.

Now we've got doctors saying the number one most likely culprit for this inconsistency and poor decision-making is candy addiction.

If it were you and you were informed of that and the Championship could ride on it, wouldn't YOU changed your diet?

I fricken would.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

justanothermambafan,

"These are boys who were forced to become men for reasons most of us will never have to face. We should root for their success - always."

True.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K. -

I hope you get everything together for that move. I'll be leaving West Texas for good in about 11 months (but hey - who's counting?) and I can understand your thoughts about the Cleve, especially since I've visited my friend there a few times. Have you ever been to Lubbock? I must tell you that Cleve will seem like a much better place if you ever visited West Texas.

I honestly tried to think of a more fun complex carb, but that was the only thing that I could conceive that still has the sugar that Lamar likes to have.

When do you think you'll head back to Cali? Around the same time as me? (Keep your fingers crossed!)

Good Morning, Laker Nation!

It's time for...

Jon K.'s Early Thoughts That He Has Not Put Too Much Thought Into Yet:

1. Is it Thursday yet?

2. It probably isn't as big a deal as I'm making it out to be, but this Odom candy addiction thing is really bothering me. Lamar could be SO GOOD if he were consistent. If this massive candy consumption is the root of his inconsistency, well, it's time to pull that root out and throw it in the fire. If Lamar were consistent, he'd be a perennial All-Star. 'Nuff said.

3. I know big guys don't heal as quickly and it's only a week off, but I'm hoping that Bynum gets enough healing time that he's able to get some lift in the Finals and significantly slow down Dwight Howard. If this becomes the Bynum Breakout Finals, that I hope it could be, the Lakers will win in four or five games. If it is not and Howard owns Bynum, then we are looking at a six or seven game series.

4. Thank God for home court advantage.

5. If Jameer Nelson does come back, it'll probably be like Trevor Ariza coming back last year in the Finals. It'll help, but a gimpy, rusty player usually isn't a series changer.

6. phred, I'm not throwing stones. I just want the Lakers and Lamar, in particular, to play at their highest level. If you heard that a player didn't like working out, would you suggest that he possibly up his workout? I've studied diet and nutrition for years, so these issues are rather important in my eyes.

7. Am I the only person who finds it a little odd that Michael C. Teniente showed up one day after a loss to Denver, entered a couple nuetral entries and then disappeared again? He can't be celebrating what's happening right now. His pride won't let him.

8. It feels like Thursday. Is it Thursday yet?

9. There is no way on God's green earth that Kobe Bryant is going to make it to the Finals after losing last year and not lead his team to victory. No way. I've been promoting Lamar Odom = Finals MVP for a while now, but, man, nobody on Earth wants that ring more than Kobe Bryant and we all know it.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I bet Lamar didn't expect this candy thing to open up this stupid can of worms.

I say go for the gusto. Before games, Lamar should smoke some meth. That would hype him up.

Go Lakers!

I think we need a new Bandwagon. I want to start the "Now, I can officially hate LBJ Bandwagon".
Posted by: Fearless

COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!

Although I can honestly say I have ALWAYS hated this chump. Talented physically but running on fumes on the mental side. Everyone knows it's a sign of insanity to talk about yourself in the 3rd person. Everyone knows you shake the hand of the guy that just beat you. Everyone knows it's not good for a child's development to give them everything they want whenever they want it. Everyone knows these things. Yet Baby BronBron - or Princess Jimmy as I now call him - doesn't seem to get it and the NBA and news media in general don't seem to want to educate him. They are, in fact, creating a monster.

Witness that.

Could a "Lamar Bar" be far behind?

Jon K - DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET YOUR BEHIND BACK HOME.

Save your pennies. Pinch 'em hard. Pick 'em up off the street. Take 'em from those little trays by the cashier at the gas station. But don't get caught doing that last one.

Otherwise - I don't know you.

I don't think Lamar eats that much candy, dude is in pretty good shape. For the amount of exercise he gets, having some candy isn't going to hurt him. Maybe he gets some advertising deals out of this? Would love to see a surprise ad pop up during game 4 or something like that...

Maybe Kit Kat or somebody like that turns Lamar into the "Stay Thirsty" guy... doing amazing things... then having a Kit Kat... LOL!

Caliphilosopher,

I have NOT been to Lubbock, but I have heard dozens of times from dozens of people describe West Texas as "there's nothing there." So, I feel your pain. I've heard that the mountains near the Rio Grande are pretty beautiful (Alpine area), but Lubbock? Less fun than that.

I'm in dialog with an ex-UCLA professor of mine who I'm hoping will serve as a mentor for me getting into grad school and getting my doctorate in either Religion or Semiotics (I loves me some Semiotics!). I'm kind of setting my initial sites on UCSB, since UCSB has top notch Study of Religion program with a secular focus--which is how I like it.

So, I'll keep you updated. If/when I make it back to Los Angeles, it would be a real treat to watch the Lakers play at some L.A. standard bar with diehards from the blog. That would be fun.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Am I to understand that Jon K is moving to Cleveland? Isn't Cleveland the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? How perfect - you can visit Bob Seger anytime you feel down & lonely.

Broken Arrow; Jon doesn't need a new outro - they are hard to come by and it's kinda catchy. Maybe less posting is a better idea.

Seren Hrachian,

Dude! Brilliant! You've just solved our problem!

Lamar's a businessman! He could be sold on this from that angle.

Lamar gets together with some sports nutritionists, creates some healthy, workout friendly, nutrition bar that still tastes fairly candylike. Lamar serves as the spokesman for "The Lamar Bar."

Commercial Script:

Lamar: "I used to love candy! LOVED IT! But I saw it was hurting my game. So I gathered the best sports nutritionists in the world to create THE LAMAR BAR! It's got all the flavor of the candies I love, but it's good for you!"

[Lamar drives to the hoop for a behind the back slam dunk. Looks at the camera with a smile and holds up "THE LAMAR BAR"]

Lamar: "THE LAMAR BAR! All the taste of candy with the nutrition you need to be a Champion! Like me, Lamar Odom!"

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Like I said earlier, people are just focusing mostly on points scored, and then occasionally rebounds, but ignore that LO has seriously brought it every night on defense for us this season, and he's always creating rebounding opportunities for others too, several of those a game off tips, etc.

Focus on D.

while all of this lamar candy talk is a bit amusing... i find it hard to believe that candy may actually be the root of his inconsistensy. it aint about the candy folks! he needs a drug counselor and a shrink!!

Fearless,

Excellent post. I agree with you 100%

Being a sweet tooth (not just the possessor of one), I'd love for Lamar to get a candy deal. I'd eat them. And, from personal knowledge, I know that the lifetime supply of candy they'd pay him would make him very happy.

GOooooooOOOO LAKERS!

PS What is worse for you? Candy or anxiously waiting for Thursday?

Otis,

What is it with you and Bob Seger, man?

The goal is to get out of Cleveland. And the most exuberant personal review I've gotten of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (where Bob Seger is enshrined) was "It was okay."

Or as my pal Lemmy of Motorhead once said to me outside of the Rainbow on the Sunset Strip, "Have you ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That place is for sellouts!"

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Caliphilospher - where in West Texas... Lubbock area maybe? I moved to Austin past summer, interesting place... the Barton Creek area reminds me of Silverlake a little. Still, I miss L.A.. May we all move back to the land of cracking stucco, dusty canyons and 7-11's with their glorious candy aisles.

Jon - "Ace of Spades!"

Cali - nevermind, I just read your post more closely (and Jon's) and saw Lubbock. Hey, it was a good guess on my part.

Dave M. -

No prob. :-) I've been out here for a couple years now, and am wrapping up my M.A.

When I told friends I was going to texas for grad school, everyone thought I was headed to UT-Austin. Sadly, that didn't happen.

I've heard wonderful things about Austin - the music, the food, and the people. I'm assuming that everything is much better than the "West Texas experience".

Hope you're having a good day!

I think Lamar and whomever occupies the "weak side" of the court holds the key...If howard is occupied by his assignment on the strong side, that leaves the interior vulnerable to offensive rebounds from another 7 footer.

That's insane. I think Lamar Odom is very consistent (Consistently amazing, just for the record). The only reason he was going through a quiet spot was the back injury - and now he's getting double-doubles even with the ailment.

He probably should cut down on the sugar intake during the offseason, though, so he doesn't get diabetes.

Sybil,
"The only reason he was going through a quiet spot was the back injury"

Apparently his back has been injured off-and-on his entire career. If you don't believe me, just ask Manuel.

A to the K!

long live the GRATEFUL DEAD!

I LOVE THE LAKERS!!!!!!


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