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Re-signing Lamar Odom makes L.A. Lakers favourites in 2010

Odom is the NBA’s most versatile player. He can start or come off the bench, play every position, and do any number of things well. For instance, last year, Odom joined the first five when Bynum was injured and, whether starting or coming off the bench, scored, grabbed some boards, and created for teammates …

Re-signing Lamar Odom makes L.A. Lakers favourites in 2010


Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News: “Free agent forward Lamar Odom will return to the Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA source said Thursday.” (ESPN)

Our Quick Analysis: Should Commissioner Stern give the Buss clan the Larry O’Brien trophy now and crown the Lakers 2010 world champions?

Sure, Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, and San Antonio upgraded their roster this summer. And there are no guarantees in pro sports, but re-signing Odom to a four-year, $33 million pact positions the purple-and-gold to repeat next season.

Odom is the game’s most versatile player. He can start or come off the bench, play every position, and do any number of things well. For instance, last year, Odom joined the first five when Bynum was injured and, whether starting or coming off the bench, consistently scored, grabbed some boards, and created for teammates.

Last playoff, former coach and current broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy called Odom a top thirty player. Alonzo Mourning’s former ankle-weight is right. Odom is an All-Star. Best of all, his skill-set complements a roster loaded with talent like Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol. No team can touch the Lakers’ first six.

He is cheap. Los Angeles is not immune from the economic downturn, so retaining Odom for below market value saves the league’s glamour club significant luxury tax payments. Going forward, they have some flexibility to add further players through trades or free agency.

By keeping Odom, the Lakers have separated themselves from the pack of contenders. Barring a major injury or meltdown, back-to-back NBA Titles looks likely.

Will Los Angeles repeat in 2010? What does Odom’s return mean? Get at us in the comment box and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for further NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of compujeramey.