Kobe on Lamar Odom trade: ‘I don’t like it’
One of his closest friends on the Lakers, Lamar Odom, was traded Saturday night to Dallas for a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft, depriving the Lakers of their top rebounder and a solid character guy in the locker room. "I don’t like it," Bryant said Sunday. "I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint. He’s great at bringing guys together and things of that nature.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The straw that stirs the purple-and-gold’s drink has spoken. And he isn’t happy.
Kobe Bryant, arguably the game’s best player and franchise face for the Los Angeles Lakers, is unhappy that forward Lamar Odom was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks in a salary clearing move.
Bryant was unhappy for a few reasons:
First, Odom was a key guy in the locker room, bringing different people and factions together into a cohesive whole.
Second, Odom, a former Sixth Man of the Year, had his best season as a Laker in 2011, despite being supposedly distracted by his reality TV duties as Mr. Khloe Kardashian.
Third, Odom went to the Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 world champions and arch rival of the Lakers.
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