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Lamar Odom avoids Lakers training camp but Pau Gasol is there

December 9, 2011 | 11:17 am

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Pau Gasol reported for the first day of training camp but fellow Lakers forward Lamar Odom did not, according to a team official Friday.

Odom hinted he would not appear at camp in an interview Thursday with The Times, saying, "Maybe I'll see you there, but I doubt it. You don't want to go to no place you're not wanted."

Odom and Gasol were involved in a trade Thursday for New Orleans guard Chris Paul that was blocked by the NBA. It is unknown how long Odom will be away from the team.

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Gasol was trying to put the failed trade behind him, as per a post on his Twitter account earlier Friday.

"New day my friends," he wrote. "On my way to El Segundo for the first day of training camp #staypositive #NBAisBack"

General Manager Mitch Kupchak addressed the team about an hour before training camp was scheduled to begin.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will not take the extreme step of seeking legal action against the NBA for blocking the trade, according to the team official.

The Lakers begin the season Dec. 25 against Chicago.

ALSO:

League blocks Chris Paul trade

David Stern explains why he blocked trade

Lakers' deal for Chris Paul is killed by the NBA

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lamar Odom. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


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