Lamar Odom: I never wanted out of L.A
The Lakers initially tried to trade Odom to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal for Chris Paul in December. The proposed trade upset Odom, and after the NBA vetoed the deal, Lakers officials said Odom told them he wanted out of L.A. Odom now says the trade wasn’t his doing. “Everybody knows that,” he said. “It was something that they were willing to get done no matter what. I think it is OK for them to admit that.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lamar Odom, get over it.
Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise you loved, traded you -more than once, in fact.
After all, Commissioner David Stern and the NBA nixed a three team deal that would’ve sent you to the New Orleans Hornets for superstar Chris Paul.
Then things got fuzzy. You say the Lakers continued shopping you, while the Lakers say you refused to report after ‘Paul-Gate’ and demanded a trade.
Bottom line: you ended up on the world champion Dallas Mavericks.
There could be worse things than playing for Team Cuban. However, you’ve pouted, played poorly, taken a leave without permission, tried for a buyout, and had to apologize when you didn’t get a buyout.
Instead of focusing on the present, instead of doing everything to help your struggling Mavericks, you insult the Lakers in an interview.
Not surprisingly, your play has suffered. And so will the market for your services when you become a free agent in July.
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