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Monday, June 15, 2009

Redemption For Lamar Odom

He was gone. There was a different Lamar Odom trade rumor every day. For Shawn Marion. Ron Artest. Jason Kidd. Richard Jefferson. Gerald Wallace. The walking corpse known as Jermaine O'Neal. Brad Miller even popped up, exemplifying just how underappreciated Odom was in the Laker organization. Brad Fucking Miller? Yeah.

Then there was the well-publicized move to the 6th man spot, a transition that Odom openly bristled about initially before accepting his role for the good of the team.

And all this in the shadow of his child's tragic death.

Well, five years after coming to LA (with Caron Butler) in the blockbuster Shaq trade with Miami, Lamar Odom is a champion. Say what you want about the man (he eats too much candy!) but there's no arguing that he's a winner.

He's also a 2009 unrestricted free agent, which means if the team wants to keep him, they're going to have to shell out the big bucks. With starting SF Trevor Ariza also up for a new contract, this puts the brass in a tough spot. Chances are they don't pony up the dough needed to keep both of these guys. If this does turn out to be the last time we see Lamar in a Lakers jersey, it's fitting that he'll be remembered for hoisting the trophy and not pounding entire bags of Now and Laters.

8 comments:

The Real Alex G said...

I love Lamar. Game 5 was a good showcase of Odom's game. The back-to-back threes. Running the break with Gasol (that's your front court on a fastbreak!), and even his two offensive fouls. To quote 'The Hangover' it was "Classic."

I hope this isn't the last we've seen of LO in purple and gold. Where do you think he could end up if its not back with the Lakers? Bobcats? Thunder? Pistons?!

Walton's Wisdom said...

Is there any scenario where we see both Odom & Ariza remain Lakers? If Ariza and Bynum continue to develop, even an aging Kobe might not keep this roster from multiple chips.

KneeJerkNBA said...

Both Lamar and Ariza will get big offers from other clubs, guaranteed. Then you factor in that Bynum just signed that big deal and Kobe's got the early out clause.

I don't see LA signing both those dudes.

KneeJerkNBA said...

@Alex: Pistons makes sense, doesn't it?

Walton's Wisdom said...

It will be interesting to see what happens. Sounds strange, but I think L.O. would be a good piece in San Antonio... I'm not sure what their cap space looks like, but it might not be great given their big three.

Hell, L.O. would be a great piece for any team if you really think about it. Who wouldn't want a 6'10 ballhandling rebounder?

Colin said...

this is perhaps unrelated but a comment to an earlier post you made about 'where amazing happens'
well, i didn't see anything amazing, the worst post season in years. The Cavs, ha! they totally didn't show up as didn't the Magic in the finals. I'm happy for LA but having an incredibly stacked team constitute 'amazing'? don't think so....

KneeJerkNBA said...

@Colin: Hey, dude. Welcome back. It was a pretty anticlimactic Finals. The viewing public thought so, too (ratings down 10%).

But weren't you just a tiny bit pleased with that Celtics/Bulls series?

Colin said...

i gave up watching that celts bulls series until halfway through the forth, even started watching at the end of the forth. it was gut wrenching, but if KG was there....
didn't you comment before about what's amazing about a sucky team competing with a depleted team? oh well, maybe something amazing will happen next year, god knows they will be still showing those shit commercials, cheap bastards!