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Lamar Odom trade: Reasons are implausible (Web links)

December 12, 2011 | 10:12 am

Lamar Odom

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remains upset with the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Bresnahan reports Bryant met with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for 15 minutes after talking with reporters, but seemed better when he left.

--The Times' Ben Bolch looks at how Odom's absence will put further strain on Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Clippers can steal the Lakers' spotlight if they acquire Chris Paul.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a list of varying explanations on why the Lakers traded Odom. I don't buy any of them.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger wonders what the Lakers' next move will entail.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe remains confident Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak knows what he's doing.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Bryant's anger about the trade and openly wonders what the thinking is from the Lakers' front office.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky tells Andrew Bynum the terms of Odom's trade, prompting the Lakers center to say that the deal is "crazy."

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell focuses on Bryant's anger.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices the Lakers' transition period hardly will be comfortable.

--The Daily News' Elliot Teaford highlights the general unhappiness from Odom's former teammates about the trade. Teaford also reflects on covering Odom.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a series of one-on-one interviews with several players. Lakers.com provides an extensive photo gallery of media day.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remains cautiously optimistic about how the Lakers' front office is constructing the team.

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard explains how the Lakers have always managed running a great organization.

Tweet of the Day:"I am curious as to how I am the cause for any trade? LOL Some people just say anything behind their computer screens." -- KhloeKardashian (reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, Odom's wife)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"It is just mind boggling to believe that Mitch would trade Odom to the defending Champs with out a serious plan behind this all!! It is hard for me to believe or swallow the fact that this move was just a salary dump!! We are living Kobes last few years in the NBA and I highly doubt Mitch would destroy the chance at getting Kobe a few more rings" -- Omar Estrada

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lamar Odom was disturbed that he was part of the voided Chris Paul trade and did not practice the first two days of Lakers training camp. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.


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