Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2010 Andrew Flint

Lakers need Lamar Odom to ‘man up’

“I haven’t been sick all season … now I’m sick in the Finals,” said Odom after the Lakers’ 92-86 loss to the Celtics here in Game 5. “Had to put my hard hat on just to get out of bed. It was tough.

“We get to go home and I’ll be in my own bed in my own house,” he said. “And get to see my wife.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps, Lamar Odom missed the press conference where Kobe Bryant told his Laker teammates to ‘man up and play’.

Complaining about the flu, wanting your own bed, and needing to see your wife doesn’t exactly qualify as manning up. In fact, it’s copping out.

This, however, is typical Odom.

At his best, he’s a wonderful talent, capable of playing all five positions and stuffing every category in the box sheet. At his worst, he’s a passenger, disappearing in the clutch and sometimes for entire games.

So Odom is a enigma, which is unfortunate for the Lakers because he’s their barometer. When he plays well, they rarely lose. When he struggles, they become vulnerable.

And what Odom shows for game-six and seven will determine if the Lakers can come back against the Celtics.

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