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#1 BeeZee

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:13 AM

Andrew Bynum is back in the starting lineup, which means Lamar Odom is back on the bench.

Odom logged 31 games as a starter -- it would have been 32 had he not been suspended for a game -- and saw a dramatic uptick in his statistics after Bynum went down with a knee injury Jan. 31.

But Odom's time as a fill-in ended when Bynum started Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.

Odom wasn't thrilled before the season about the prospect of being a reserve, saying in October that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson "must have woke up and bumped his head."

Odom was much more agreeable with going to the bench Thursday.

"At this point in my career and in the season, it doesn't matter," he said. "It's a depth thing. We're a much deeper team with Andrew in the lineup. It was perfect timing. I look forward to getting the second unit playing at a high level again."


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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:14 AM

But why would he be upset? I think he wanted to go back to the bench once Bynum came back.

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:18 AM

I'm glad he's down to go to the bench and build up the second unit, hopefully he comes back next year..

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:34 AM

Lamar does everything for the team :)


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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:37 AM

Contract year and he wants to stay Purple and Gold, of course hes not going to complain. I like what he brings to the young 2nd unit and its good to see him accept this role.
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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:46 AM

Saying he accepts his role is one thing. Actually accepting it is another. It might just be because it was his first game off the bench yesterday, but I still don't think he has mentally accepted his role completely yet.

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:47 AM

he looked awful off the bench yesterday
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Posted April 10, 2009 - 09:59 AM

the 2nd unit didnt had a leader on the court for a while. Thank god lamar is there. Hes gonna be the leader of the 2nd unit.

I was readin that when Manu came off the bench he said that the first 5 mins of the game is noting really. Everyone is just getting used to it. Thats the boring part of the game to watch.. THats true!
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Posted April 10, 2009 - 10:55 AM

he looked awful off the bench yesterday

7 points 9 rebounds 4 assists 1 block... He brought the required energy off the bench. I think he did well for his firts game away from the starting five.


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Posted April 10, 2009 - 10:58 AM

7 points 9 rebounds 4 assists 1 block... He brought the required energy off the bench. I think he did well for his firts game away from the starting five.


it wasn't his production that looked awful it was his body language

he simply wasn't the same aggressive odom. maybe thats what he feels the second unit needs is an injection of unselfishness and passive play but if thats what he feels then he did a good job of it
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Posted April 10, 2009 - 11:17 AM

Haha, that's funny cuz this morning, no surprise, that fool Skip Bayless made a big deal about this and said our Lakers could potentially go down because of chemistry issues with Lamar Odom now going to the bench. He's totally reaching as he always is, lol.

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 05:22 PM

7 points 9 rebounds 4 assists 1 block... He brought the required energy off the bench. I think he did well for his firts game away from the starting five.

agreed, when lamar inittially came off the ebnch, that energy was sky high, he didnt get enough touches, but overall i liked what i saw from LO
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Posted April 10, 2009 - 06:40 PM

Hopefully his return will help our bench out especially since the playoffs are just right around the corner.

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Posted April 10, 2009 - 07:00 PM

Saying he accepts his role is one thing. Actually accepting it is another. It might just be because it was his first game off the bench yesterday, but I still don't think he has mentally accepted his role completely yet.


I don't want to believe it, but I think you might be right. It's a bit fishy from the number of times he says he accepts it. I think I might just be being pessimistic though.




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