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Lamar Odom recalls legendary play at Gauchos Gym

Rain poured down on Rucker Park, but that wasn't going to dampen Lamar Odom's enthusiasm.

Everyone who surrounded New York City's legendary basketball court that day in 2003 had plenty of reason to feel excited. Rapper Jay-Z had assembled a street-ball basketball team to match up with Fat Joe's Terror Squad. The lineup featured a few NBA players, including Odom, while Jay-Z brought along Tracy McGrady and Antoine Walker and a high school phenom named  LeBron James as a spectator. (He was drafted a week later by the Cleveland Cavaliers).

So even when the site was moved to Gauchos Gym, a buzz filled the area. And Odom gave the fans plenty of reason to remain hyped by performing a move that rocked the gym. Odom nearly duplicated a skip move Rafer Alston had perfected enough to earn the nickname, "Skip to My Lou." He crossed over and dribbled between his legs a few times as the announcer yelled over the loudspeaker: "He's got a skip to him! He's got a skip to him! What's he going to do? He's got some handle! He's being guarded!"

Soon enough, Odom appeared to drive to the basket, but he shifted his left hand and bounced the ball between a defender's legs. He then went around his opponent, picked the ball up and laid it in. Odom followed that move, which you can see in the video below, with a Harlem shake.

A few hours after I posted the clip (thanks to Silver Screen and Roll's theshmoes), a reporter mentioned to Odom after practice about the video and the conversation brought immediate flashbacks to that game. Odom may have miffed on the year it happened (he thought it took place in 2005), but he demonstrated his move before the assembled media just as he performed in the video above.

"I had a festive day, as you could see," Odom said, smiling. "That's my foundation of basketball and where I'm from, playing at the park."

Odom, of South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., actually performed similar theatrics last week in London during the Lakers' 111-92 exhibition loss to Minnesota. Odom's two change-of-pace dribbles past Kevin Love resulted in an up-and-under layup. Later in the game, his high step over Michael Beasley led to a behind-the-back pass to Derek Fisher, though Fisher's three-point attempt was blocked. But he remains reluctant to make that a consistent part of his game.

"I don't think you want to show off the game too much," said Odom, who proposed that NBA All-Star weekend feature a game between the NBA All-Stars versus an all-star team from regulars at Rucker Park. "The perception, people will take it the wrong way like you're show boating. A lot of times where a guy's guarding you real tough, I can probably go between his legs and drag it back. A lot of times when you pull the move off, I think the referee, just for you doing it, they might call a travel."

For the complete story behind this game and how this led to a rift between Jay-Z and Fat Joe, watch the documentary below. It features plenty of details about Odom's participation around the 12:30 mark.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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That is one great L.O. vid. I knew he had game, but didn't realize he had THIS much game!

Between L.O., Ron Ron & Devin Ebanks - Queens is DEFINITELY well represented!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

MM: ANOTHER great article! If only the sportswriters for the paper at the Times were so prolific. On second thought, we get too much Plaschke and Simers as it is... LOL

Here 's a link to the Odom highstep from London, you could include it in your article if you'd wish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQksZ_vxirg


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I had to get my America lick in before too late - I think this is my favorite...
http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#America:Woman+Tonight:62741:s4763788.12062192.14025580.0.2.277%2Cstd_95ffcbd7835448cb8817e4569d4290b0
...produced by legendary English record producer, arranger, composer, musician and a.k.a. "the Fifth Beatle" - Sir George Martin.

KobeMVP888: BRAVO!!! I STAND UP AND SALUTE YOUR BRILLIANT POST!!!!

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/10/what-should-ron-artest-with-the-key-to-las-vegas.html?cid=6a00d8341c506253ef0133f506e2d4970b#comment-6a00d8341c506253ef0133f506e2d4970b

Man, is there something in the water, the posts the past few days have been outstanding!!!

YES & YES! You nailed it!

Can we even mention the fact that MJ was reported to have heavy gambling losses and was tied to Chicago mobsters? The fact that the league purportedly pushed him out of the league, leading to his 'baseball sabbatical' Not to mention the numerous infidelities.

On the court though, he was given every advantage that Kobe was not. After playing in Dean Smiths offense for three seasons, he was drafted onto a team that built around him from the beginning. Like you said, he did nothing until showtime was past it's prime, the Pistons had begun to disintegrate and the league had transitioned out of the stiff competition in the '80s. He had the ultimate 'wing-man' in Scottie - at top-50 all-time player & HOF'er, not to mention the various, talented role-players that were always brought in to compliment his game.

You also touched on a big point - the 'Big Ego.' Kobe came into the league straight out of high school and straight to the Laker bench under Delmer Harris (yes, I DO Blame Del Harris! lol...) - even though he was already better than all-star Eddie Jones as a rook! Despite not starting for the Lakers, Kobe was named all-star STARTER his 2nd year, as he proved he could play in the scarce minutes he was played.

But Shaq was not only the focus of the Laker offense, and later the mandatory goto guy in Phil's triangle, but we all know how he was a black-hole in terms of seeking all media attention.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, Michael could operate without a prominent center, he was free to post-up, he was the focus of the triangle and the team operated around him. Kobe had to play a lot more on the perimeter as Shaq (and the collection of bigs now) cause him to take a lot more jumpers than Jordan ever did (thus, the shooting percentage disparity).

I could keep going...

Here is just one example of the 'Cult of Michael' - just after his egocentric, pompous Hall of Fame speech from last summer, in which MJ proclaimed that if a game was in doubt he wouldn't trust his teammates, he'd try to win it by himself, an 'empowered' Henry Abbott of BSPN's 'TrueHoop' decided to use a NBA dunk compilation to rip Kobe for being too selfish.

(That bash piece pissed me off so much, it motivated me to rip Henry Abbott in an article for Bleacher Report, if anyone is interested, here's the link:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/257575-has-there-ever-been-an-athelete-more-torn-down-than-kobe-bryant )

Much like the cult of the little princess we see now, most of the media drank the kool aid from the cult of Michael.

GREAT post KobeMVP888!!!!! Once again, I have to shout to the heavens,
"WE HAVE THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE FANS ON THIS SITE!!!!!"


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Yes, JLF, I thought about posting that live/TV version, but the studio version is SO superior...plus the bubble machine freaks me out a little - although Dave Dickey on bass on TV is pretty cool!

This is my favorite America song, for it was tied in with the 1982 Cardinals World Series ...They played it all the time when showing replays and recaps on ABC...lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4cVSqVm468&feature=related

CyberCosmiX Thanks for the love it's much appreciated. I'd really recommend for people to watch the full documentary at the bottom, even though it's 30 minutes long. LOTS of good stuff, including appearances from Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest

MM

@Justa - Thanks for posting Sister Golden Hair...great song...great lyrics.

@63 Footer - I agree its better not to be a hypocrite like Wilt said. And it good that he was a straight shooter. But still not one I would look to for relationship advice that's all I'm saying.

@JustaLF - great selections. Isleys also had a good re-make of Summer Breeze.
@Lew - all classics. A lot of Stones fans didn't like them doing Miss You. They considered it to close to disco, but I loved it....rocked that and Shattered pretty hard that summer.
@Jefe - Good selection.

Who knew that America would be the featured band tonight. Never know what'll you get on this board.

@MM - Great story. I love it - taking it to the streets. I disagree with Lamar about not wanting to show off too much. He should do more of these moves in the game. He has the skills to do it. Basketball is still entertainment and that's what the great showmen like Cooz, Pistol, Bird, Magic, Pearl realized. And of course Isiah...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsEM_15fxpM

I wish I could find footage of Kevin Porter, because he created that high step move (as far as I know) that LO did. He'd do it 3-4-5 times a game and the crowd would go nuts. Led the league in assists for 3-4 yrs.

@Cyber - Yep Lamar got lots of game and that's why its frustrating watching him underachieve at times.

LRob - hey, I was 16 and he was almost a foot taller than me... what was I gonna do? :)

Lakers should sign Ron Ron to a lifetime contract just for his entertainment value.

ARISE MIGHTY LAKERS NATION!!! THE WORLD IS OURS!!!
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SINCE DJ LROB AND DJ LEWSTRS ARE AWOL I SHALL TAKE THE LIBERTY OF DEDICATING A SONG: This is to my Heart & Soul & My World, Happy Birthday Christina, Love Ya Baby G. http://tinyurl.com/2e6bfbe

Good Morning Laker crew,

A little hungry this morning...so I guess I'll try this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC-KeoegcHg

Good Mamba & Thanks for getting things started. This one is a happy bday wish for your Little Pretty One...compliments of one of my favorites...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ziaIcKiOzA


This one is a happy bday wish for your Little Pretty One...compliments of one of my favorites...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ziaIcKiOzA
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Good Morning LRob and Thank you so much sir. Frankie Lyman Yes!
That's the standard, but this one is not bad either my brother: http://tinyurl.com/24sa5rt
**** WE NOW RETURN YOU TO DJ LROB JAMMIN IN THRE MORNING ****

Good morning Fam!

I hope you all have a good start to your wednesday. I'll probably check everyone out later today. Just wanted to drop a line to say hello.

GREAT post KobeMVP888!!!!! Once again, I have to shout to the heavens,
"WE HAVE THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE FANS ON THIS SITE!!!!!"


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 12, 2010 at 09:34 PM
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Wow! Thanks, man! Yours wasn't so bad either (understatement). As you said, we can go on and on about this. The truth is that I am not really that big on the MJ vs. Kobe topic because I see them as basically the same player. But for that arrogant SOB to come out and make an exaggerated comment like he did for the sole purpose of putting distance between himself and his twin deserves commentary .... IMHO!

Go Lakerss! #17 coming up STRONG!!

MM,

I enjoyed the first 15 min of the documentary and will catch the rest later. I had seen bits and pieces before...BDiddy, Matrix, Kobe highlights, but its good to see the whole tape. I Love to see Hip Hop meet hoops. Lots of Ron Ron included also at 7:30 mark and 15:05. Thanks again for posting.

Mamba,

Oh yeah loved Jackson-5 version also. Always like to hear Jermaine, Marlo and Jackie singing outfront with Michael.

But it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge Thurston Winston...the original artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8PhP3yIlRw&feature=related

@ 63 footer - young and impressionable...lol.

@888… I take pride in being the first to have declared that if I ever find myself in need of serious legal help, Kenny, I would look to hire you. Of course, I would have to insert in our contract that I NOT be billed for any blog time. Seriously, counselor, you are one impressive dude. Glad you’re on my side.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | October 12, 2010 at 09:38 PM
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Once again, thank you. Frankly, I am probably a better blogger than I am a lawyer. But you guys are too kind.

But it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge Thurston Winston...the original artist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8PhP3yIlRw&feature=related Posted by: LRob | October 13, 2010 at 06:49 AM
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LRob, My God man! Is there any limit to your Musical Knowledge! Lol! I salute you sir!!!

no one should be surprised by that "move." l.o. was billed as having the "potential (sound familiar) to be the next "magic johnson." when will sports writers ever learn? before l.o., it was jalen rose who was going to be "magic" and i won't even get into the MJ "thing." oh well, the wait is almost over and the laker blog has really helped me get through another summer without nba action and our lakers. off topic: i'm not a fan of any other sport, in fact, in my world, there is no other sport but i will be keeping tabs on the vikings. i think something magical will happen there this season. don't know all of the impact players but i am familiar with favre and moss. yes, guilty as charged: BANDWAGON!!

the laker squad is very mature with a lot of nba experience just as PJ likes em'... i trust they will be motivated, eager and focused on the main goal. lets not panic if they don't have a spectacular season just as long as it's enough to get into the playoffs where every game matters the most. we've witnessed low seeded teams get into the finals and we've seen what a "heart of champion" can accomplish back in the close to mid 90's houston. the team has a lot of "old" with just the right mix of "new" to pull this off. maybe bynum comes back and is effective or not. but it appears that l.o. is limber and ready to "timber." lets "hope" that his body will continue to answer the bell as the long season wears on.

GO LAKERS AND IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

What a great collection of videos.

For some reason my computer can't handle this site. I have a darn virus that makes my computer freeze when log on here.

But it seems to be ok now, so lets post videos!

Nope...can't navigate the web while on here. My kingdom for a new computer!

When does this season start? It seems like the closer we get to the season, the more time refuses to move forward.

Damn sodbusters. That's my favorite line from "lonesome Dove" btw. followed by a "Hates their guts and livers"

Man I love Lonesome Dove. Hands down, the greatest Western ever made. I really believe that. I think the 8 hour story just trumps any western I've seen, with maybe The Searchers being the exception that takes first place. Actually, it's really difficult for me to say there's a better western than The Searchers, so I wont. We have a tie. Lonesome Dove and The Searchers are tied for 1st place, with other bloggers to decide the final vote. Or do you have a write in choice? "Lust in The Dust?" "Rustler's Rhapsody?"

I also love "The Proposition." That's one hell of a good screenplay writen by musician Nick Cave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7V-CW_SUos&p=D14FCD51839DBBBA&playnext=1&index=7

Wes

a lot of youtube melodies going on here this morning so check this one out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Kxlm6H3Ss

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICKToz7BLLA

These still get it done, if you know what I mean :-)

frmkt - It's too early in the am to break out the heavy artillery...lol. Two of the best doing their thing...I ain't mad at cha!

@FRMKT here's one for you & LRob: http://tinyurl.com/2flbwuq

frmkt - It's too early in the am to break out the heavy artillery...lol. Two of the best doing their thing...I ain't mad at cha! Posted by: LRob | October 13, 2010 at 07:41 AM
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Come on LRob! Break out that heavy artillery brother! Lol!
We got to wake this Blog up!

Man I love Lonesome Dove. Hands down, the greatest Western ever made. I really believe that. I think the 8 hour story just trumps any western I've seen, with maybe The Searchers being the exception that takes first place. Actually, it's really difficult for me to say there's a better western than The Searchers, so I wont. We have a tie. Lonesome Dove and The Searchers are tied for 1st place, with other bloggers to decide the final vote. Or do you have a write in choice? "Lust in The Dust?" "Rustler's Rhapsody?" Posted by: wes | October 13, 2010 at 07:35 AM
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Wes how are you doing sir? Yes those are indeed some very fine Westerns you list and I myself am no western expert but, I think THE WILD BUNCH sould get a little consideration bro.

BUMMER...I have one of those disappearing posts...I will try to rewrite, but probably won't be like original...

Good Morning Nation...

@Mamba24 - This is for your precious one on her B-Day...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoSUhbNntQ

@LRob - Very busy today...here is something to get you going this morning...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoSUhbNntQ

@justa - My morning Haiku entry

New Lakers Bench Mob...
Stronger, deeper and hungry...
Mitch locked and loaded...

@wes - If you are talking Westerns...you have to start with this classic...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iteRKvRKFA

Have a great Wednesday all...can't wait for tomorrow and I get to watch our boys live...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up...

Lamar is cool man! 6'11 and doing that move OMG. Amazing. For a great read on rucker park and playground players check out: http://www.lowpostnews.com/lakers/play-on-playground-players/


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