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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:23 AM

PE: LAS VEGAS - The thought of coming off the bench in his contract year outraged Lamar Odom the first time he learned it was a possibility. Now that the veteran forward has had some time to reflect, he says he will not let "business" stand in the way of his quest to win his first NBA title.

Minutes before the Lakers took the court Sunday in search of their first victory of the exhibition season, Odom pledged to embrace the role of sixth man if that's how Coach Phil Jackson decides to use him.

Odom then backed up that promise with his liveliest performance of the season, coming off the bench for the first time since his freshman year in high school to help the Lakers to a 94-89 victory over Sacramento.

"You only get one or two shots at this, you know what I'm saying?" Odom said. "Some guys might not be able to take it well, especially in their contract year. Whatever, I'm good. I've made enough. I'm OK. My family's good. Hopefully, I can win a championship this year, and be rewarded for it."

Instead of the usual Kobe-centric melodrama that has dominated previous training camps, this year it's the unassuming Odom who has commandeered many of the headlines. He and Coach Phil Jackson have traded barbs since camp began, with Odom bristling at the idea of coming off the bench, yet showing minimal sustained aggression or urgency on the court until Sunday.



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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:25 AM

THats cool, but i wish we could start him.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:25 AM

Props to LO for saying this.
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Posted October 13, 2008 - 08:39 AM

He did look pretty good and aggressive last night with the 2nd unit. Maybe the pressure was less without Kobe on the floor. I remember LO scored like 30+ during the suns series while Kobe gave up. If Lakers do bring him off the bench, hopefully LO and Radman stay consistent.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 08:44 AM

as much as i'd like to think that he's really ok with it, i don't believe him.
i believe he's just OK with being the 6th man.. & as long as we win, he'll be alright.
but he did play well last night. he seemed really happy in his post-game interview last night.


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Posted October 13, 2008 - 10:32 AM

I believe he can do well with the 2nd unit, plus, we have all sorts of rotations, he may one day be the starter, another be on the bench for the 6th man. Possibilities are all there. :good:




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Posted October 13, 2008 - 10:37 AM

as much as i'd like to think that he's really ok with it, i don't believe him.
i believe he's just OK with being the 6th man.. & as long as we win, he'll be alright.
but he did play well last night. he seemed really happy in his post-game interview last night.



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Posted October 13, 2008 - 02:03 PM

LO did amazing last night.. he really stepped up and showed why he deserves to be on the floor.. don't lose faith in my boy :clap:
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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:12 PM

I don't believe him either.

But if it works, I'm all for it.


If we win a Championship with him coming off the bench playing a major role, I can see Kobe and Phil going to bat for him on the whole extension thing.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:16 PM

Odom is a great locker room guy and he's a team player. He's not happy about maybe coming off the bench, but he wants to win a championship and he doesn't want to be a distraction to the team.

Odom is still going to play 33+ minutes every game.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:17 PM

maybe this is the lakers way of developing a great not good bench i mean

bynum
gasol
ariza
kobe
fisher

with the bench being

mihm
lamar
ariza
sasha
farmar

i mean you ask me thats one hell of a second unit i mean one hell of one
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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:18 PM

maybe this is the lakers way of developing a great not good bench i mean

bynum
gasol
ariza
kobe
fisher

with the bench being

mihm
lamar
ariza
sasha
farmar

i mean you ask me thats one hell of a second unit i mean one hell of one

Ariza is not starting at SF, Vlad is starting at SF.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 07:57 PM

Odom is a great locker room guy and he's a team player. He's not happy about maybe coming off the bench, but he wants to win a championship and he doesn't want to be a distraction to the team.

Odom is still going to play 33+ minutes every game.


Or...

He knows that they aren't going to give him money if he's not producing AND whining about coming off the bench. He has NO LEVERAGE at this point.


Only way to get back to the table is to play his way back into the starting lineup...easier said than done.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 09:03 PM

Good to see that Lamar is finally okay with starting on the bench.
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Posted October 13, 2008 - 09:07 PM

Lamar is tight.

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Posted October 13, 2008 - 10:06 PM

Hopefully he's cool with it a few months down the road if the situation stays the same.
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Posted October 13, 2008 - 10:58 PM

Yeah I'm still a little hesitant to say that he's fully supportive of the idea of being a 6th man, but it's good to see he doesn't want to be the guy who'll be a negative influence by whining about things. Also, it was good seeing him go hard, hopefully he'll keep movin up from here.

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Posted October 14, 2008 - 03:20 AM

Lamar is tight.



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