Lakers' Lamar Odom finally puts the spotlight on himself
Posted February 09, 2009 - 02:04 AM
This is about me?
Lamar Odom says that kind of thing about as often as he grows hair.
It's never about him. Even when the Lakers have begged it to be about him, it's never about him.
It's about teammates to whom he gently deferred when moving to the bench. It's about his late son, whose face is sadly tattooed on his back.
It's about losing himself in the flow of others, disappearing in the drama of the moment, dissolving his ego in the search for his elusive championship, 6 feet 10 and darn near invisible.
"He's even in a contract year and he's acting like that," said Jordan Farmar. "We notice it and, in a lot of ways, we really admire it."
Then, Sunday, against a possible Finals opponent in an impossibly difficult gym, Lamar Odom realized he was needed to be somebody else.
Somebody selfish. Somebody angry. Somebody great.
"With Kobe sick, I thought only one thing," Odom said. "First time I got the ball, I had to go to the hole. And I had to keep going to the hole."
Today, it is the suddenly vulnerable Cleveland Cavaliers who are in that hole, while it is Odom who is climbing out of it after having his most important game in five disillusioning Lakers seasons.
The former lightweight stomped across the Quicken Loans Arena court for 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Cavaliers' 23-game home winning streak collapsed under his tonnage.
The final score was 101-91, and, after several hours of hearty Midwestern cheers, the final sounds were silence.
Odom silently hugging Pau Gasol for the longest moments after the buzzer.
Coach Phil Jackson standing silently when asked about the last time he had seen such production from Odom.
Odom silently dressing with his back to dozens of reporters who couldn't believe what they had just witnessed on the court.
When he finally turned around to talk, somewhat surprisingly, the impeccably dressed Odom had not buttoned his shirt or tied his tie.
"In honor of this blue-collar city, I will talk with an open collar," he said with a grin.
Posted February 09, 2009 - 02:30 AM
Congrats tho,Lamar won the game for us!!!
Edited by Beef, February 09, 2009 - 02:31 AM.
Posted February 09, 2009 - 09:14 AM
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