A Skittles machine for Lamar Odom
Heck, even during the telecast of the Lakers' 111-92 pre-season loss Monday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, commentary on Odom's game referred to his candy fix. It was amusing two years ago, annoying shortly thereafter and, now, mostly inaccurate. Though he still has a sweet tooth, it's not his entire diet. Example: Odom often ate fruit before and during games last season.
Still, Odom does love his candy. As you can see in the photos, Odom now has a Skittles machine -- courtesy of Skittles -- and can satisfy his craving whenever he wants to experience the rainbow.
This is just one more gift with which Ron Artest can't compete. If you'll recall, Artest said he couldn't get a gift for Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian on their one-year anniversary because he couldn't afford it. "Their gifts are expensive," Artest said. "Every time I turn around, they got cars and diamonds."
Now, it's a candy machine. Odom received it last week, said a Wrigley spokesperson, with Skittles being a brand of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Both Odom and Kardashian requested that the phrase "LKO's Sweet World" be inscribed on the machine. The spokesperson also shared this nugget: "Skittles recently sent him a custom vending machine that will be refilled regularly, doesn’t require coins and features a motion-operated voice recorder that tempts them with Skittles — in Lamar’s own voice (or whatever else he wants to record) — whenever someone walks by."
Something tells me it's going to be incredibly hard to resist walking by that machine and not grab a few bags. The voice recorder also features plenty of possibilities. It could feature Odom and Khloe convincing any walker why Skittles tastes great. It could feature Artest making fun of them. It could feature Kobe Bryant threatening Odom not to eat the Skittles so he maintains a good diet. It could feature Derek Fisher in an eloquent speech explaining the same thing. Or it could feature Lakers Coach Phil Jackson making fun of the anniversary gift itself.
It makes it worth watching "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" to see how many times Odom visits his new candy machine in a day.
Stay tuned to see how much this perpetuates Odom's "Candy Man" nickname. And I'll stay tuned to see how many bags Odom brings to practice.
-- Mark Medina
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