EL SEGUNDO - Lakers forward Lamar Odom has been vexed by foul trouble in the past two games, both of which resulted in losses.
The Lakers certainly could have used Odom down the stretch Sunday against the Phoenix Suns but he was sitting helplessly on the bench during the final eight and a half minutes because he fouled out. He finished the game with four points, six rebounds and five assists.
Odom did not foul out in the previous game against the Denver Nuggets but at the end of the game he had five fouls to go along with his 12 points.
When asked Monday how he planned to avoid future foul trouble, Odom paused for several long seconds before he said, “I don’t know. ”
Odom said the disagreements he had with the officials over foul calls against the Nuggets amounted to nothing more than wasted energy.
So, what is the solution?
“I’ve got to keep playing aggressive,” Odom said. “So I can’t let fouls being called on me take away my aggressiveness. I’ve got to play smart. Play with my feet and not with my hands.