"He put a lot of faith in me," Odom said.
Odom said he repaid that trust by making mistakes that cost Gentry his job.
"A lot of that team could have stayed together if my decision-making was better, and A.G. did a great job of giving me support," Odom said. "I probably didn't uphold my end of the bargain, to some degree. I got hurt and I did some things to hurt myself."
Odom referred to serious wrist and ankle injuries that kept him from playing for an 11-month span from the middle of the 2001-02 season until the middle of the 2002-03 season. He also referred to two suspensions for violating the NBA's drug policy.
The Clippers underachieved during Gentry's final two seasons as coach, failing to post a winning record or make the playoffs with a youthful and athletic team led by Odom, Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson.