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Lamar Odom helps USA defeat Brazil in world championships

If you are a Lakers fan and you happened to catch USA defeat Brazil, 70-68, Monday in Istanbul in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Championship, you had to see Lamar Odom do what he does best.

Odom was so bad one moment and then so good the next moment.

 It is something Lakers fans have come to expect from Odom.

He finished with eight points on four-for-10 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in helping USA to a 3-0 record in Group B competition.

But it was his play late in the game that was typical Odom.

Odom did a 360-degree spin to get by his defender, Tiago Splitter, who will play for the San Antonio Spurs next season. But Odom missed the layup, something he has done frequently with the Lakers. USA still led, 68-64.

But a few moments later, Odom was back at his best.

He played tough defense and then grabbed the defensive rebound with 1:30 left.

It was, well, typical of Odom.

Odom and USA, which escaped Brazil only after Leandro Barbosa, who was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Toronto Raptors this summer, missed a last-second shot that could have tied the game and forced overtime.

Odom and USA will have Tuesday off before resuming play Wednesday, when they meet Iran.

-- Broderick Turner

 
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We all know that if Odom was consistent he would be an annual All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year. Unfortunately, he is not as consistent as he should be. Why that is is a mystery. I wish we knew the reason so we could crush it.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

You GO Lamar...

#17 Coming Up!!!

I watched the entirety of this game, and frankly, Odom was not good. Still, with so few options at center, coach K had little choice but to keep him in there.

All of Odom's maddening tendencies - picking up charging fouls, forcing his left hand when his right is open, missing layups, shaky outside shooting - were on full display.

That being said, the US as a whole played like complete garbage. I wonder if Coach K has even taught this team one single offensive set play. They were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, jacking up terrible shots, going ISO 95% of the time, and just generally playing out of control. Let's hope they can remedy some of these things before the real matches begin.

Odom is getting all the playing time he needs and oppurtunities with team USA, Durant is passing him the ball. Odom is just so inconsistent and under performing.


Are there any trade the Lakers can make for Odom?

Magic Phil's chat-a-palooza is a really lonely place today...

The good thing about Lamar is that against mid-level teams and below, he can really really go off with video game-type numbers. This rests the Kobester and Pau for later games when the A-squad is needed.

Did those trolls tell me to have a beer?

Odom is getting all the playing time he needs and opportunities with team USA, Durant is passing him the ball. Odom is just so inconsistent and under performing.

Are there any trade the Lakers can make for Odom?

Posted by: Staples 24 | August 30, 2010 at 03:46 PM
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Oh, I am sure there are plenty of deals out there, but do you REALLY want to break up that 48 mpg Bynum-Pau-Odom rotation at the 4-5, especially given the curve ball Lamar throws at the opposing team's defense when he enters the game? Two of those three guys are typically on the court all game long during the playoffs and it simply wears teams down in a 7 game series. With the possible exception of Blake Griffin, are there any other power forwards in the NBA who can handle the ball and initiate the triangle like LO?

Don't get me wrong. I get as frustrated with him as you do and think of trade scenarios all the time, but then I think back to Game 5 against the Magic and, more important, the help defense he played down the stretch in Game 7 against the Chowds and that is where he is invaluable. I think about how all 3 of our bigs are versatile, athletic, smart and can play at an all-star level on any given night. Lamar's versatility is a mismatch nightmare for other teams regardless of how well or awful he is playing. That depth at 4-5 is a huge reason why we've won back-to-back championships.

Oh well...Brazil lost...We did very good, considering that we didn't have Nene. Huertas missed his 1st free throw (AAAARRRGGGHHHH...) and the 2nd one, he intentionaly missed, Barbosa got the rebound but didn't hit the shot.
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At least, we lost to USA, the best team of all (Spain w/o Gasol is not the same) and we finally played a good bball.
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USA will probably get this one, if we can manage to get 2nd, would be a dream come true.
Cheers.

I've got 2 possible solutions for Lamar:

1) hypnotherapy - someone needs to subconsciously implant in him the urgency to be aggressive at all times
2) Ron's psychologist - worked wonders for Ron Ron - maybe they can work out a 2 for 1 deal

No, I would not trade Lamar - he's too valuable especially if one of our bigs gets hurt. I think he's going to do really well this year with our upgraded bench.

LakerFanInCowTown,


I'm actually in favor of the hypnotherapist.


When I played football, I was taught how to induce myself into a self-hypnotic trance before games. It worked. I turned into a fricken animal during games. I think every athlete should learn self-hypnosis. It certainly works better than listening to Jay Z before a game.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Frankly I'm just thrilled that these guys are playing for the USA! Go guys go!

LakerFanInCowTown

#3 - Lamar should get training from Hakeem the Dream like Kobe did! Then go to the therapist and nutritionist also!

How could he take boxing lessons before the season starts (Last year), then act all tentative when the game in on the line?

Just bring it LO!

Hey guys - don't forget about the 24/7 chat!

http://felipereis.com/lakerholic/

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | August 30, 2010 at 04:12 PM

This is why you don't know the culture here KobeMVP888. If you knew you would know Staples 24 is nothing more than a bandwagon fan with NO IQ. In fact he DISGRACES #24. His number should be Staples 17 because he would trade ANYONE else not named Andrew Bynum. He BASHED Kobe for being not a teammate especially when Kobe was injured back in Feb.

In 2008-2009 he wanted to trade Odom then Kobe then Odom back again (jeez make up your damn mind!)

Let me give you something he said back in February:
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Kobe's comments showed how he has been spoiled by Laker fans for way too long and way too much.


We have to put and end on Kobe's understanding of what truly happens out there. Kobe needs to get back on earth ground.


Kobe has no sense of him affecting the team negatively of TEAMWORK chemistry. Unbelievable.


His teammates including the true leader of this team, Fisher has said it. Gasol the 2nd most important piece has said team play is valuable, the COACH preaches it, the triangle system is designed for it. How come KOBE can not utter the words teamplay is what we going to need to get us a ring.

We all bleed purple and gold! There will always be another Superstar who will wear a Lakers jersey, but there is only ONE LOS ANGELES LAKERS!

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/02/health-homecourt-advantage-and-team-chemistry-among-the-lakers-goals-after-allstar-break.html

Posted by: Staples 24 | February 16, 2010 at 09:06 AM
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And during the summer he acts as he has supported Kobe all his life.

This has been your friendly neighborhood KB Blitz educating you more about the blog's culture. Enjoy!

Lamar Odom for the Win.

a 6'10 forward going against 7+ centers. this is training to the max. LO will be awesome in october!

The best answer to Melo and Jamal Crawford frustrations:

From HangTime
"The Nuggets can send Anthony and J.R. Smith to the Hawks for Josh Smith and Crawford (the money works, but you can check it yourself on ESPN’s Trade Machine)."

KB Blitz

Perhaps I am not part of the old frat in here. So be it. I was never a frat guy anyway. I'm a Lakers fan, a proud NBA fan/historian and I form my own opinions based on knowledge, observation, research, experience and historical perspective. I am sure that I will figure out the haves from the have-nots in due time. Ask Lew about my ability to quickly sniff out posers when others fall for their garbage. I'll start paying attention to people's opinions once the season begins. For now, we are simply trying to fill up space. I think I am laying enough of a foundation for how I see things past, present and future. I'm sure it is going to be a lot of fun!

Go Lakers! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Alert, Alert: KAJ is on Celebrity Jeopardy!!!

Just a bunch of ramblings. Thoughts which come to mind on this beautiful morning in Chiang Mai.

Looks like thousands of law-abiding citizens will be packing their nines at Dodger games mid September and early October. Good. Last time I was at a game in that toilet ravine, I wish I had had mine. What a bunch of total SoCal punks at those games. Such is Lost Angeles.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of staying alive, stay off the beaches and out of the water! They’re not testing those SoCal waters as they should. In fact, it might be a good idea just to avoid water altogether down there, especially drinking water from the tap. Such is Lost Angeles.

‘Lamar Odom helps USA defeat Brazil in world championships’. I don't get it. Isn't Lamar a member of team USA? When the USA wins a game, doesn't it make sense that he might have contributed one way or another? It's as though the breakfast cereal must to be sprinkled with sweet little red hearts before the children will eat it (or read it). Such is Lost Angeles.

Ya know, Lamar was always a Sacramento Kings of basketball killer (when they were relevant) which is why the Lakers acquired him in the first place. Now, as the sun sets on your team, I can only imagine that he’ll be one of the first to go, as the Lakers tear it down and begin to (spoken with cheek in tongue) ‘build’ their new team after this season. Such is Lost Angeles.

I know you are all rooting for her. Do ya think Paris will beat the rap?

Really though. I’m so happy that your are happy!

And no, I have never lived anywhere near Sacramento, although theirs will be the superior team in the west sooner than anyone will admit. Carmelo would be a nice, final piece, don’t you think? It’s close enough to Hollywood for the little lady?

How many more times will Reke spin Kobe around?
DMC, please don’t hurt Andrew.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
It’s not the NFL, but, O.K., Go Galaxy!
Go Team USA!

Sonnybelfast

Just a bunch of ramblings. Thoughts which come to mind on this beautiful morning in Chiang Mai.

Looks like thousands of law-abiding citizens will be packing their nines at Dodger games mid September and early October. Good. Last time I was at a game in that toilet ravine, I wish I had had mine. What a bunch of total SoCal punks at those games. Such is Lost Angeles.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of staying alive, stay off the beaches and out of the water! They’re not testing those SoCal waters as they should. In fact, it might be a good idea just to avoid water altogether down there, especially drinking water from the tap. Such is Lost Angeles.

‘Lamar Odom helps USA defeat Brazil in world championships’. I don't get it. Isn't Lamar a member of team USA? When the USA wins a game, doesn't it make sense that he might have contributed one way or another? It's as though the breakfast cereal must to be sprinkled with sweet little red hearts before the children will eat it (or read it). Such is Lost Angeles.

Ya know, Lamar was always a Sacramento Kings of basketball killer (when they were relevant) which is why the Lakers acquired him in the first place. Now, as the sun sets on your team, I can only imagine that he’ll be one of the first to go, as the Lakers tear it down and begin to (spoken with cheek in tongue) ‘build’ their new team after this season. Such is Lost Angeles.

I know you are all rooting for her. Do ya think Paris will beat the rap?

Really though. I’m so happy that your are happy!

And no, I have never lived anywhere near Sacramento, although theirs will be the superior team in the west sooner than anyone will admit. Carmelo would be a nice, final piece, don’t you think? It’s close enough to Hollywood for the little lady?

How many more times will Reke spin Kobe around?
DMC, please don’t hurt Andrew.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
It’s not the NFL, but, O.K., Go Galaxy!
Go Team USA!

Sonnybelfast

Update: Kareem in second place after the first round of Jeopardy!! (ABC-7)

Kareem slips to third place after missing 2 UCLA-related questions!!!

Great comeback by Kareem in the Final Jeopardy question!!!

KBBlitz, was someone impersonating you in the last thread? i know someone was impersonating jon k.

identity theft on a blog. *shakes head*

have trolls sunk this low?

KBBlitz, was someone impersonating you in the last thread? i know someone was impersonating jon k.

identity theft on a blog. *shakes head*

have trolls sunk this low?

Are we watching the same game? Odom has been playing an important role for Team USA! His rebounding has been outstanding, his hustle on defense has been the most of any USA player. He has been making smart, quick outlet passes and quickly dribbling up-court on some rebounds. A number of times he's found teammates under the basket with nice passes that led to easy baskets.

That move that Lamar put on Splitter, that was reminiscent of the one Bynum put on Shaq in their first meeting, but better. It left Splitter totally in the dust, yes he missed the layup but the move took him so far under the basket, and he was regaining his balance, so it was a tough one to make.

L.O. does all the necessary things for the team, he distributes, sets picks, plays smart on offense. He also contests anything in the lane on defense and has done a great job rebounding in every appearance.

L.O. isn't the only one missing shots/layups. It's still 'training camp' for these guys, they've only been together about 2 weeks in this stretch. Lamar has shown a lot more game than Tyson Chandler although Kevin Love has been doing well and battling when given floor time. But Lamar does so much more than they do, plus he adds the post presence/rebounding edge that is every bit as much as they give.

I for one am very pleased for Lamar, and glad that he'll be returning as a better player. He should be in fine form from the get-go for the Lakers, and I hope he'll be able to show Kobe and crew the gold medal they win by winning the world championship.

GO USA!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!

BTW, it's GREAT having some hoops to watch in August!!!!

Double posting? Really Sonny? I thought you were better than that....tisk, tisk, tisk. Keep your boy Tyreke from speeding and we just might have an almost rivalry again. Hell, Casspi almost looks like Peja and Cousins could almost pass for a decent Webber (by the way, here's to the hope he plays like Webber too, you know: play awesome for 48 minutes then fade away in overtime of Game 7 at HOME!). Hell, it's fun living in the good old days, no? But seriously, take care of yourself Sonny, I look forward to the day you are "almost" right about the season. :) as Phred says "It's all about the love"

It's hard trying to figure out how to play these international rules, i mean i work hard. I eat lots of candy, gummy bears, gum balls,hoho's, and my energy is high. And then I get tired, maybe I need more junk. I'll get'em next game, for sho.

Sonny Belfast: "It’s not the NFL, but, O.K., Go Galaxy!"

Next to the Lakers, the Galaxy are my fave team. I wonder how many hoops fan are soccer fans too? Similar type games in that offense-to-defense transitions, and free flowing, constant offense.

GO GALAXY!!!!! GO USA!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!

Well, I’m working through comments from last night on, I have to say I am a little tired of people attacking various fill in blog hosts for posting topics that hint that just maybe everybody everywhere is not saying that the Lakers are the best team ever and will win every single game next season. You guys would complain if he didn’t post anything, you would complain if he posted anything except the greatest hits of the 2010 version of Jim Murray as near as I can tell. You can write more complaints, but they don’t speak for me.

Y’all at the Times, I know you guys try hard and probably have too much stuff to do, and frankly, Jim Murray would probably be telling off people if he had to write about one sport, one team 365 days a year, so you get credit for absorbing the hits from wes, who is usually a very nice, mild mannered guy, his oven is just broken. : P

Broderick- Great, another Lamar critic. You know, some guys miss layups and it is a missed layup, not an indictment of character.


Human- not to get all literary, but (@$@ John Galt.

Todthebod- looks?

I have a homer hanky. It wasn’t from ’91, it was like 2001, but I have a homer hanky. I lost money on the ’91 World Series, soured the whole thing for me.

See, Barry has discovered the secret to great blogging. Record everything Ron Artest says, print it.

You guys make up your minds, do you want insta posting or do you want to keep out trolls?

Ah, looks like hobbitmage has gotten back on track. Now this is a great comment;

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Bacon-Fried-Chicken-with-Gravy?cmpid=enews083010

I think I’m in love.

Jon K- not to get into politics, but to draw a little blog analogy- just because the other guy, or even the guy who was talking about the other guy, says something bad, that doesn’t mean you can say something worse. In international relations, like basketball blogging,

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO WORLD PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING!

LA Galaxy Fan here, didn't really get into them until two years ago when I went to a couple home games sitting (more like standing, chanting, and cheering) with the LA Riot Squad. Been a Fan ever since...

No that was me leonard. Just doing a service for KobeMPV888.

You know, I think cooking using bacon grease as an ingredient is of arguable rationality, healthwise, if you use it in moderation.

Deep frying in bacon grease might add a certain point of no return on the road to a triple bypass.

On the other hand, Krispy Kreme doughnuts make great buns for your deep fried bacon cheese burger with blue cheese dressing and onion rings.

wth you guys - come to the chat

Boy you know you are on a Lakers blog when people are defending Lamar Odom by saying how great a move he put on a guy on a play where LO misses a layup. Some fans are just delusional....

Sacramento, CA. Where Rings are always heard but never seen. Such is the Capital of California.

Well, pretty is pretty Mr. T. Exactly what I used to do in the Love Handle leagues - make stunning moves and then miss the layup. Lamar is everyman - our hero!

And he would start on your favorite team.

Our bench player L.O. is in USA squad starting line up!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's go LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm gonna go out on a limb and speculate that LO's training regiment is not as extensive as those of Bryant and Artest - just to take two examples. It it were - I continue to speculate - he'd be a perennial all-star.

EPSN reported that the US fourth quarter mistakes included : "Odom stepping out of bounds as he tried to drive past Tiago Splitter"
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Actually what happened - and this play could've ended the game at that point - was the Billups fed Odom specifically for Odom to drive and get Splitter to foul him and foul him out of the game, since at that point Splitter had four fouls. That's exactly what happened, in that Splitter moved himself into Odom to stop the drive and knocked him out of bounds. The problem was that as the announcers said, the official on the spot was seen looking straight down at the feet of Odom and never even looked up to see the body contact by Splitter on Odom, totally missing the play.

Had the official been on his game, Splitter is out of the game and with it I think were Brazil's chance to stay close, as they would've had no big men after that point. It was a veteran play by veterans Billups and Odom, recognizing the situation and trying to foul Splitter out. I don't know which country the ref was from and how experience, but he bungled it big time by presuming a priori that he had to watch the baseline, but not the players.

Actually when you watched the whole battle of Odom vs. Splitter, Odom was very crafty (including drawing a charge for Splitters 4th foul) and was clearly trying to take Splitter out of his game and put him in foul trouble. Had it been the Lakers announcers doing the game, they would've caught this veteran move...

Mike in Santa Monica: Very well stated about the L.O. move. I also heard the mention about the referee's. For what it's worth, I believe the ESPN announcers are calling the game from a studio here in the U.S., but I think they have a different view too because at one point Fran Fraschilla mentioned something about looking at the Brazil bench, which is a different view than ESPN's telecast was showing.

Fact is, convert the layup or not, out of bounds step or not, L.O.'s post spin play was the best made by any player I've seen outside of some of the monster dunks. Odom isolated on Splitter and killed him, something Splitter probably has never even seen in his life in the Euro League with their plodding centers.

Of course, people could watch a great routine in ice skating or gymnastics, and dwell on a fall or whatnot. Gee, I wouldn't be surprised if Odom had converted that play, some people would be criticizing him for not passing or such nonsense.

Frankly, I don't see other 'stars' from around the league participating, representing our country. Odom, Durant, Billups, Rose - everyone on Team USA deserves much respect for devoting so much of their summer to this team, and playing with class and showing respect for their opponents. They've done nothing but represent their country very well, and L.O. had the least amount of 'down-time' to unwind and relax.

Good god, I just hope these trolls aren't out writing blog entries after the first couple of Laker exhibitions during training camp, criticizing a missed layup or something. Unlike other teams, Team USA has been together during this stretch for about 2 weeks. Other teams have been training most of the summer.

Gimme a break. Next time you want to criticize these guys, any one of Team USA, for not being in mid-season form, maybe you guys should all equally praise them for making a good play. It might hurt all you derogatory-by-nature folks, but the fact is they are making many more good plays than bad, and facing competition that look at beating the USA as making their decade.

GO USA!!!!! GO LAMAR!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!!

& GO GALAXY!!!!!!

phred,


I think society (especially political correctness) has created FAR too many rules to keep us from being direct and honest with each other.


I think we as spiritual beings have a far deeper responsibility to be honest with one another than to avoid negativity with one another. I agree with Emmanuel Kant that the root of evil in human society is that we are not honest with one another. So, when we create this rule to protect the over-sensitive from their own disorder, well, that's just plain stupid and irresponsible as far as I'm concerned.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!!

Sonnybelfast,


One of the most amazing things about Los Angeles is that there is a lot of negative crap here, but it still remains one of the greatest cities on the planet. That's how GOOD the good stuff is here.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!


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