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Series premiere of "Khloe and Lamar" focuses on L.O.'s complex relationship with his father

The series debut of "Khloe and Lamar" actually focuses on something substantive -- which can't be said of all reality shows -- as Khloe Kardashian unexpectedly meets Lamar Odom's father at a book signing.

Odom has warned his wife about Joe, telling her of his father's troubled history, which he says included being a heroin addict. But Kardashian is conflicted. She holds out hope that Odom and his father can have a stronger relationship, so she promises Joe that she'll take him to a Lakers game.

The show, with its extraneous wide-angle shots of the Odom-Kardashian residence, the city of Los Angeles and Staples Center, also has its less-than-substantive side. The episode looks at Kardashian's teenybopper-esque campaign on Twitter to get fans to vote for Odom for the NBA All-Star team -- it also looks at Odom's initial refusal to see Rob Kardashian play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. But in evidence on this first show is the down-to-earth and considerate personality that Odom displays on an everyday basis. That's a quality that could have been lost.

"At the end of the day, he's got to keep it real with me," Odom, on the show, says of his father.

Odom goes to great lengths to persuade Kardashian that taking Joe to an upcoming Lakers game would be a bad idea. He soon talks with Joe, on speakerphone, who quickly asks for "a couple dollars, man," ticking off needs such as groceries, tickets and shoes. Khloe realizes her well-intended effort may not have been the right thing to do.

"My father is someone I'd do anything for," Odom says. "But he's someone I don't let get too close."

-- Mark Medina

 
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Yellofever

You know this is your fault right? Ask and it shall be given ... new thread!!

Thanks
PSP Solutions Architect

Yellofever, thanks. It's good 2 be back...

LO, there's ONLY ONE REALITY SHOW I'M INTERESTED IN WATCHING YOU IN AND THAT'S:

[Drum Roll Please...]

THE 2011 NBA ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

@Art

I was thinking Brown is perfect for the And1 tour or as a Harlem Globetrotter. Thats not even a dig, he just doesn't have the skill set and mind set for the NBA. I don't know, maybe he can make it work with a system like the Knicks where there isn't that much thinking involved and no defense to be played. He may be NBA talent, but he sure in the hell isn't Laker talent.

I'd rather read about LO's complex relationship with the stat line.

FOCUS!

@PSP... Haha.. Yellofever was just trying to be facetious...where's MM sense of humor today? Ok my apologies anyways.. Yellofever promises not mess with MM the sleeping giant anymore :-(


@NBA4ever...

Geez you clearly can not stand Brown. Like some people don't like Fisher, Pau etc. I get it..but come on. "Not Laker talent" there are quite a few on this squad that could fall in that category then. Why don't you wish him and the whole team well for the post season and leave the personnel issues to after the season is over....new coach will bring a lot of changes, so we will see what happens!

@NBA4ever...

Geez you clearly can not stand Brown. Like some people don't like Fisher, Pau etc. I get it..but come on. "Not Laker talent" there are quite a few on this squad that could fall in that category then. Why don't you wish him and the whole team well for the post season and leave the personnel issues to after the season is over....new coach will bring a lot of changes, so we will see what happens!

Posted by: Fan0615 | April 11, 2011 at 01:29 PM

@Fan0615

Personnel Issues? No it’s not personal, it never is. How could it be? I don’t even know the guy. What I can’t stand is his game. The inconsistent dribble drives to nowhere. The ill-advised jacked up shots when Bynum has his man sealed underneath the basket. The lack of knowledge where to be in the offense and the defense. Ect. Ect. Ect. I’m just stating the obvious, the guy is clueless. I bet you thought Vince Carter was a superstar at some point?

I do wish him well, I hope with all hope that it miraculously clicks and he plays like he did in the beginning of the season. I’m not worried because I know his leash will be tight in the playoffs. Of course I wish the team well that is why I don’t want him to play. I’m no chicken little I still know we will win the 2011 NBA Championship, the less Brown the easier our road to #17 is.

As far as a new coach? That isn’t the problem right now with this team. Anyone who thinks PJ is the problem doesn’t know much, plain and simple. In fact I’m not worried at all; the problem certainly isn’t Shannon Brown either. I just think he sucks and doesn’t bring anything to the Lakers that is all.

Personnel Issues? No it’s not personal, it never is. How could it be?

Posted by: NBA4ever | April 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM

hehehehehe..yeah you have no issues and how could it be, true but it is what it is!!

MM,

the next time you get a chance to interview LO ....

could you ask him why his reality TV show doesn't focus on him &
Artest working out in the gym?

I'm really not interested in his wife or his father or his children.
[ I hope they're all well, in the part of my mind that gives a rat's behind. ]

I am really interested in why he's been a space cadet for most of his
career and why his rebounding is down the last few games and what he's
going to do to insure that the Lakers win the championship this year.


@MM… Another annoying Cars.com ad that runs without a way to stop it every time you refresh this page. I promised last time that I would never buy a car through them. Ditto this time. Very bad taste and manners to auto start AND not have at least a pause button.
…………………………………………
TOM

Personnel Issues? No it’s not personal, it never is. How could it be? I don’t even know the guy. What I can’t stand is his game.
Posted by: NBA4ever | April 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM

haha, you start with personnel then switch to personal. fan0615 def meant the former and i agree.

I've always liked LaMar and his personality, and after seeing the show has only confirmed that. He was raised by his Mother who died when he was very young then his Grandmother who died,and an infant son who died and a Father on drugs who just wants Lamar to give him money. I would say LO over came a lot and has handled himself with a lot of dignity, cofidence and inner strength to be able to handle all this. Kloe has been good for him and he now has a family again. It broke my hear that he felt so bad that he didn't make th All Stars this year. I DO hope he gets reconized as OUR 6th man of the year. He deserves this.
I hope we meet the Thunder again.... Playoffs are a whole different ball game and we will be ready! I would like nothing better than to put a sock in Perk's mouth. We are the Dending Champs and you do have to go thru us!! We know they have a Turn On switch and it will be full force and ready to deliver!!!! We are the Lakers, winner of 16 Championships and about to be 17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@NBA4ever

1) Never thought Vince Carter was a superstar by any means...trust me
2) I do not say Phil is the problem either (unlike some other fans)..
3)Calm down- I do think it is slighty "personal" for you...I have never seen you rant so hard on anyone outside of Shannon or Dfish. So blake has had a perfect season? Barnes? Come on...
4) I hope on all hope Brown does play like he did earlier in the season. I mean almost everyone was done with Artest until he showed up huge in game 7.
5) All reserves (outside of Lamar) will have minutes reducded come playoff time anyway

@lakerchosen1

Didn't catch that when fan0615 wrote that and did't catch my own response. But I agree it's not a personnel issue to worry about right now. I don't think I will have to because Brown isn't going to be playing too much this post season.
I'd rather have Barnes at the back-up shooting gaurd just like PJ did yesterday.

a) Reality TV is not reality. There is a camera crew and a director there, and everybody is playing to them. Scenes are planned. Sometimes there are multiple takes of "reality." And note: there are "writers" credited on these shows.

b) People having such private moments in public to get attention and/or money is .... well ... it is just plain sad.

c) Watching reality TV just makes me want to bathe.


1) Good, Then I can respect your view.

2) Phil is not the problem.

3) I've never talked bad about Fish got me confused.
I wish he wouldn't drive to the basket so much.
Blake is scared but not fundamentally flawed.
Barnes has been a disappointment since his injury.
It is slightly "personal" because he is upsetting.

4) I wasn't done with Artest because I knew he knew how
to play the game and his defense was still top notch.
I am however done with Brown.

5) Thank God for that one because you are right about
Blake and Barnes as well as Brown.

So I guess I do agree with you and am sorry I misinterpreted what you wrote earlier.

@NBA4ever

I agree let's leave that all to after the season. In a previous article it was stated that much of the second unit won't play more than 12-15 min/game in the playoffs.I don't care abt how many minutes for whom..but when you are out there be productive and win!

Dealing with a family member on drugs is a tough situation. I know I wouldn't make a private situation public, but then again I wouldn't do a reality show. My wife watches the Kardashian's, so I'm sure I'll catch some of LO and Khloe with her.

For those worried about the show affecting LO's performance... I'm sure those episodes were taped awhile back...probably while the Lakers were in midst of their 17-1 run.

The Lakers have struggled from time to time this year, as individuals and as a a team. But almost all of these guys have also delivered, sometimes big, this year.


The one guy I have lost in faith in is Shannon Brown. He has a very low basketball IQ. He seems to watch Kobe and then try to be a Kobe off the bench. He overdribbles, even though he can't dribble. He shoots off the dribble, even though he is a spot up shooter. He always tries to make a big play rather than an efficient one. He tries to do far more than his skills allow.


The triangle offense is a timing offense. Shannon has less rhythm than Mark Madsen at a victory party. He holds the ball too long. Or he passes too quickly, before making the defense commit.


Shannon wants to be the focal point of the offense for the second unit and dominates the ball when he is in. Here is what he can do: a) dunk on a fast break when he is ahead of the pack and b) shoot spot up jumpers.


When the second unit is in, the ball should be in LO's hands, or Blake's, or in the post with Drew/Pau. Shannon should be spotting up or cutting to the hole, like he's a shooting guard or something, not a PG. And he should play some defense.


Shannon makes me glad to see Luke on the floor. Those are damning words for an NBA SG. Where is Terry Teagle when you need him?

@NBA4ever - I understand your frustration with Shannon. He is what he is…a scorer with a shaky floor game. I know his already suspect floor game has got worse recently, but I’m hoping it’s just a funk he’s going through. He’s better than he’s played lately and I believe he’ll step up in the playoffs. I think you’ll regret going dark, but I did enjoy the classic Floyd album :-)

@Triangulator – Whatever will be, will be – nice selection. We will know the answer soon enough!

@Magia – Throwback to Billy Ocean... okay I'm with it. Was Pau tough enuff for you last night?

@RSP – The score got out of hand because Ron was a tad bit upset…so he kept fouling in the last 30 seconds giving OKC another 6pts.


@NBA4EVER & TOM DANIELS… Count me as one who laughed at bloggers suggesting that Shannon Brown could be our point guard of the future. Those bloggers have long gone like the bloggers who believed that Pau Gasol could be our starting center. They’ve either eaten their crow and moved on or just plain stopped posting to avoid further embarrassment and humiliation. I was hopeful that Shannon’s improved shooting would continue and I still have hope for that based on the fact that the guy is still shooting lights out from the line. I’ve always judged players ability to shoot from their performance at the free throw line. Pure shooters almost always average 90%.

There must have been a half dozen times in last night’s game where Drew was moving aggressively to seal his man and calling for the ball. Most of the time, it was Shannon who missed him but there were also two glaring instances where Kobe basically ignored him to go into his dribble between the legs and pump fake sequences. On one of them, he did finally relent and get the ball to Drew but only a great save by Drew kept that from being a turnover. I was amazed that Drew kept up trying to seal his man even though the Lakers perimeter players were ignoring him. That’s not the way to play inside-out basketball. Hopefully, Phil and the coaches will straighten this out.
…………………………………………
TOM

"@RSP – The score got out of hand because Ron was a tad bit upset…so he kept fouling in the last 30 seconds giving OKC another 6pts.

Posted by: LRob | April 11, 2011 at 03:33 PM "

I couldn't understand that at all. That was just strange. Especially the last one with a 12 point deficit and 1 second remaining.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | April 11, 2011 at 03:33 PM

@Tom Daniels
I really enjoy reading all of your post. That post was dead on. Thank you very much sir for the thorough explanation laid out so eloquently in a way I could not with all my frustration.

Until the Laker's season is over; Lamar needs to focus his attention on the basketball court. It's pissing me off that he's tweeting about his show after their embarassing loss against Oklahoma City last night.

Lamar, you're a multi-millionaire; cancel the show, stop selling the tchotchkes cause you don't need more money, just play basketball and everything else will work itself out.

"@NBA4EVER & TOM DANIELS… Count me as one who laughed at bloggers suggesting that Shannon Brown could be our point guard of the future.

TOM


Posted by: LakerTom | April 11, 2011 at 03:46 PM "

Well said. At times he looked like he had potential to play with the 1st unit but never in any sort of point guard capacity. If he was a starter, Kobe or Lamar would have to be in there as the ballhandler. Point guard skills are just not in his DNA.

"Until the Laker's season is over; Lamar needs to focus his attention on the basketball court. It's pissing me off that he's tweeting about his show after their embarassing loss against Oklahoma City last night.

Lamar, you're a multi-millionaire; cancel the show, stop selling the tchotchkes cause you don't need more money, just play basketball and everything else will work itself out.


Posted by: Inthemix | April 11, 2011 at 03:51 PM "

I agree about the tweet. I'm surprised that hadn't been brought up on here but maybe I just missed it. It was disturbing to see a tweet from him promoting his new show immediately after a game like that.

I couldn't understand that at all. That was just strange. Especially the last one with a 12 point deficit and 1 second remaining.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 11, 2011 at 03:46 PM
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I think it was Ron's way of venting. He poked the ball away twice in the last 2:15 to lead to steals and the Lakers failed to convert on either turnover. His hands are amazing.

I'd say the show would be a distraction for Lamar but the filming has already been completed and in fact his recently poor performances came after most of the filming was done. Overall, he's had the most consistent season. I always use the criteria that if it doesn't hurt your play, let it be. If it is, then avoid it. It's definitely a circus with the reality crew, but it is not scripted. Keep in mind that they are recording at pretty much every hour of the day. There's a lot of minutia they cut out. Even seeing the one half hour, there were LOTS of cutaways and intro and in the end after all the intros and commercials, there was about 15 minutes of actual footage

hobbitimage - Because it's E! most of the show's concept has centered on Lamar and Khloe, that's one. Second, the Lakers and E! have set up the parameters where the camera crew is allowed in the locker room during its media availability session before games and during certain practices when it's open to the media. Otherwise, PJ keeps his practices closed and isn't going to open them up so LO's camera crew can film it. That's likely why it's mostly LO and Khloe centric

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