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Poll: Odom regressing (33 member(s) have cast votes)

Should Lakers fan be confident in Lamar Odom?

  1. Yes: He's a huge talent (29 votes [87.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 87.88%

  2. No: He is too inconsistent (4 votes [12.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.12%

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#1 magicbalala245

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 09:39 PM

Game Time: Nuggets 90, Lakers 79

Before getting dumped by the Nuggets, the Lakers had gone 12-1 with Andrew Bynum down and out. During those 13 games,Lamar Odom had stepped up from being an erratic underachiever to playing like an All-Star. But in Denver, Odom took a step backward.

Offense

For the most part, Odom functioned as a feeder, ball-reverser, and general facilitator from a spot in the middle of the court and a few feet above the 3-point arc. In many sequences, he even carried the ball across the time-line.

Even though early foul trouble limited Odom to 31 minutes, he still had 57 touches in the attack zone. Compare this to Kobe's 71 touches and Pau Gasol's 38 touches in 40 minutes each. The point being that Odom was always meaningfully involved in the offense.

However, on those occasions when Odom attacked the basket, he was mostly inept to the point of embarrassment. He missed two layups, an uncontested jump hook, a 7-foot fadeaway, and had three interior shots blocked by Chris Anderson. Two of his buckets came on offensive rebounds, one on a nifty coast-to-coast layup, and the other two on spin moves in the paint. Overall, Odom was 5-for-17 and tallied only 12 points.

Odom seemed unfocused — a career-long problem — and intimidated by Anderson (who had seven blocks overall).


Defense

Even though Odom gave Kenyon Martin plenty of room and dared him to shoot jumpers, K-Mart twice beat him to the hole. Odom did accomplish seven excellent rotations (as opposed to only two bad ones), but he otherwise seemed inattentive when playing weak-side defense. In mano-a-mano confrontations, Odom yielded a total of 13 points — six by K-Mart, five by Anderson, and two by Nene. The only reason why he wasn't burned more on defense was that Denver was too busy going to Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, and Carmelo Anthony to point the ball at Odom.

By far, the best part of Odom's performance was his rebounding, snaring 19. Of these, six were literally uncontested, and five were ripped in the midst of an unfriendly crowd.

In sum, Odom was much more passive than he was aggressive — and the Lakers paid the price.

Not that Odom was the only villain here. Kobe shot only 10-for-31, and the Lakers combined for a measly 29.8 percentage from the field — which included 2-for-21 from beyond the arc.

Credit the Nuggets' lively defense. But also discredit the Lakers' somnambulant offense. Their player- and ball-movement was practically nonexistent. Too many passes were either lazy or ill-conceived. They couldn't drop a small bar of soap in a large bathtub. And their second unit was outscored 47-7 by Denver's subs.

Yes, the Lakers had played in Phoenix the night before:lol: and didn't get into Denver until 4 a.m. And, yes, it's a long season. Sometimes even the best teams are down and the worst teams are up. But, hey, that's life in the NBA.


First of all i just like to say I definitely disagree with this article I just wanted to see other laker fan reactions to this article and the poll question I posted is the same one from Fox Sports. The sentences in bold is where Charley criticize Odom. O yea Charley is cleary doesn;t know LA sechdule just look for the happy face I put in the article
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Posted February 28, 2009 - 09:40 PM

LO still had 19 boards and not like anyone else played great.
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Posted February 28, 2009 - 09:42 PM

LO still had 19 boards and not like anyone else played great.

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 09:56 PM

Hes a huge talent

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 10:08 PM

all you can ask is for him to be agressive and get the rebounds. And getting the rebounds is the most important role he needs to do for the lakers.
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Posted February 28, 2009 - 10:39 PM

He is doing wat we signed him for.

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#7 Noise Figure

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 11:19 PM

lol ... 19 rebounds

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 11:24 PM

I completely disagree with the article. I don't feel he's been regressing at all. Really the only bad game he's had lately has been against OKC and we still won that. I felt his performance on the boards and a couple of the 3 point plays he had against Denver were some of the few bright spots of the game.
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#9 Grandpa Herman

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 11:30 PM

Well damn he can't have one bad game?
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#10 purple_and_gold_fever

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 11:35 PM

Everyone sucked against the nuggets and having 1 bad game does not mean he's regressing.

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Posted February 28, 2009 - 11:41 PM

That article isn't fair. You can't base a game in which the ENTIRE TEAM played terribly in and show that as a sign of Odom's regression. If we were going to base everything off that one game, then we can assume that the entire team is regressing. Odom for the most part has been the player that tends to get hot during the second half. He will still have his bad games but he tends to do better.

But to use last night's game as an indication is not fair.

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 12:53 AM

This is how I would describe Odom's game:

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 12:54 AM

That article isn't fair. You can't base a game in which the ENTIRE TEAM played terribly in and show that as a sign of Odom's regression. If we were going to base everything off that one game, then we can assume that the entire team is regressing. Odom for the most part has been the player that tends to get hot during the second half. He will still have his bad games but he tends to do better.

But to use last night's game as an indication is not fair.


Completely agree, the whole team had a bad game and the writer pinpoints Odom? Geez.

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 02:34 AM

This is an SMH article.

#15 ファイナルファンタジ

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 03:05 AM

I don't think he regressed. Plus he had 19 rebounds too.

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 10:46 AM

I feel that Lamar played better than Kobe vs the Nuggets.

#17 Klewfish

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 10:50 AM

If you want to see regressing, see Kwame...


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#18 Pau16Kobe24Drew17

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 12:34 PM

How convenient for Fox to write that article. If Odom regressed, that could be said about entire team...Kobe, Pau, Luke, Derek or any of the others that game. It was one game...why don't they overreact. LA lost to Denver, Boston lost to Clippers. I guess PP regressed.

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Posted March 01, 2009 - 12:35 PM

I'd rather be with him than without him.
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Posted March 01, 2009 - 12:47 PM

Starbury is regressing aswell

Last game he had 8 points iirc, this game he has 0.

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