Interesting perspective on the Odom situation…

odomO.C. Register: So now what? Laker Nation, along with reporters from every corner of the United States, must now wait until Lamar Odom digests dinner and a contract offer from Miami.

Why should the Lakers wait any longer for a guy (and his agent) who seemingly can’t make up his mind? Should the Lakers simply move on, sign someone such as Shelden Williams, who worked out for the team last week, or construct a trade and call it a season?

What’s the hold-up anyway? If Odom wants to go to Miami, then go. Quit flirting. If he wants to remain with the Lakers, then stay. Quit waffling.

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJohn

    Brett FrOdom needs to hurry up and stay with the Lakers. We can win with or without his a$$ anyways. But with him we can win 70 games.

  • Lakerfan101

    Damn
    i dont wanna see him in red!
    LO PUrp’N’Gold>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Red,black,White!

  • ShowtimeEra

    Odom, what would it be! Compeat for championships in multiple Finals appearances or compeat for a playoff spot? IT’S A NO BRAINER ODOM!!!!!!! LAKERS MAN!!!!! WERE HISTORY CONTINUES!!!!!!!

  • tdoom15

    Buss just needs to be the bigger man, offer what he originally offered for the sake of winning. He is the perfect piece for this team, no debate there, so yes I’d say he is worth the wait, despite his poor decision making. I still think LO will be in purple and gold, but he is trying whatever he can to get his offer up.

    I dont want to lose him for nothing, sign and trade for a quality player at this point isn’t sounding like a terrible idea, however I still very much prefer to sign LO!

    The evil side of my thinks it would be cool to see wade get his supporting cast if they can get odom and boozer. however just not at the expense of the lakers.

  • jeremy

    When this all started, i heard sports talk show discussing if Odumb would stay or leave the Lakers, the host said that if he was smart he would stay w/ the Lakers, and not for the reason we would think are obvious, like a ring and the perks that go w/ it. But he said that Odumb is the type of player that can slack off on any given nite and thats y he would prefer to stay in L.A….he can zone out and not be effective and still not have to answer for his inconsistency. If thats the case, go back to Miami w/ ur boyfriend D-wade. Im sure Miami will love that effort u give about once a week.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    It is frustrating, but let’s not kid ourselves – Odom is a five-tool player who makes our bench deadly.

    At the end of the day, I want him here in L.A.; despite all this madness.

  • ROMAN

    LET HIM GO- TIRED OF THE HOOPLA!!!!!!!!

  • Brett W

    I think it’s pretty clear what’s going to happen. Like someone else already stated, Odom already knows what the LAKERS are offering, he already knows what the HEAT are offering, he has/will meet with Riley & Wade to talk some more. I think it’s pretty clear that Lamar will leave and go with the HEAT. Obviously Dr. Buss isn’t changing his offer at all (except make it crappier)and the HEAT can only improve theirs. I’ve accepted it, so should the rest of you.

    We’ll be fine next season with or without Odom. Don’t sell Bynum short. Don’t under estimate the contributions that Artest will bring. Shannon will improve even more, Morrison will step up and close out shots that Vujabrick should have nailed and Sascha…maybe we can trade him for a teams waterboy to keep our contributing players well hydrated (just a thought).

    I can’t remember the last time I was truly let down by Dr. Buss or the LAKERS regarding the exchanging of player’s and I’m sure I won’t see it anytime soon either. Mitch/Buss will make a mid season trade and we’ll quickly forget about Odom and his indecisiveness.

    my two cents, for what it’s worth

  • T. Rogers

    Anyone with a brain knows the Lakers are a better team with Odom. I am just starting to think maybe Odom wants out. We can talk all day about his talent and what he brings to the team. But the guy doesn’t want to be here then all those things become moot.

    Lamar needs to man up and decide what he wants to do. He knows Miami’s offer. And I am sure he knows the Lakers’ offer. The fact this guy is playing this kind of game just makes you wonder. I’d like to see him back, but only because he really wants to be here. And at this point, I am not sure he does.

  • jeremy

    wELL ITS LOOX LIKE THT LITTLE GIRL d-wADE GOT HIS WAY, ESPN IS REPORTING THIS WAS HIS LATEST TWEET AFTER THERE MEETING LAST NITE: “the beginning..look who’s jersey is waitn for them in mia(no 7)”

  • Gino

    spot on article. i think the most frustrating thing about this drama is the decision making (or lack thereof) from Odom and his agent.

    why are you being so confusing LO when you said right after the parade that you’d be back as Lakers no matter what even with a pay cut? when we gave you the money (but not the years) you asked for, you balked. LO, you should’ve checked what your fair market value is first before you turned your back on Buss’s initial offers; i don’t blame Buss for being pissed off at being snubbed. please end the saga and make up your mind; i’m starting to get the feeling that the Lakers will make a decision for you if you can’t even think for yourself.

  • lakergreg

    If Odom leaves, then all that talk about staying for less money was BS. Besides, he was offered more money, and now it may very well become LESS money. So, are you staying for that kind of “less money,” Lamar?

    Someone’s EGO is going to get bruised at this point. He’s going to make the Lakers and their fans look bad, or he’s going to make Riles and Wade and Miami’s fans look stupid for courting him when he wasn’t really going to leave. Either way, at this stage, he’s going to get booed somewhere, no matter what he does.

  • LakersFirst

    Let him leave. People forget. HE’S AN F’N BENCH PLAYER!!! What bench player makes $10M per year???

  • PurpsNGold

    He is worth the wait! 6’10″ wid ball handling skills and unselfishness, knows PJ’s offense & philosophy, being the team clown? Yeah, I would wait for that player too.

  • http://www.friendster.com/tireme Evil Empire

    No we should not wait

  • LakersFirst

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    No he is not worth the wait. NO BENCH PLAYER IS. Now if this is your superstar or even #2 option on the team then yea, you would wait, BUT LO has never been a good #1 or #2 option. He too is like Ariza, a good role player, that’s it!

    The purple and gold have been winning championships before LO and they will continue to win championships after LO.

  • Toon

    If winning championships equals more revenue, why should Buss be stingy about his money if keeping LO ensures another title? Forgive LO he is just a greedy man like the rest of the NBA who doesn’t follow his words. Even if he signs, all of this drama is not what LA deserves.

  • kober4ever

    i don’t agree with this article, he is holding out for a better offer it is called posturing. i worked as a paralegal at a personal injury law firm and during negotiations we would hold out so as not to seem desperate and come back in a week or so with another amount. this is vital in negotiations, it’s not as if they are number crunching this entire time, the waiting game is the biggest key of negotiations, ask anybody that is an agent, negotiator, paralegal, businessman, etc. so your article in which you ask what is he waiting for? he’s waiting for a better offer and his agent is playing this properly, trying to create more leverage with the Heat talks and holding out for a better offer because let’s face it LO does have SOME leverage and it is absolutely within his constitutional right to practice it, if he didn’t then he should fire his agent. It’s a process, be patient.

  • Toon

    What I am trying to say is, if he was going to play all of this game then he never should have made promises he wasn’t going to keep. If he wanted to sign for less, then he should do it. If he wanted to play games, he should have said nothing at all.

  • THELAKERSWON09

    ODOM IS SUCK A FU-CKING ASS

  • double

    even though I’m looking forward to a resolution (LO in LA), I am growing sick and tired of the Lamar Odom story. This has been stretched out a way too long.

    the coverage is just as bad. We’ve seen all news items to him leaning towards both teams, they’re at ground zero, he’s signed for 40 mil… blah blah. Just let us know when its over. I’m tired of speculation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789310145 Jahia Amini

    SHELDON FOR LAMAR??? ROFL… NOOO WAY!!!

    WE BETTERGT HIM RESIGNED!

    PLEASE STAY IN LA, LALO

  • Smush Walton

    This whole situation proves once and for all what a DUNCE Lame-O is. IF he stays fine, if not F him. He has to be one of the dumbest, if not the dumbest players in the league. And he wants to be a sports analyst – LOL – yeah on the retard channel! This half brain can’t even put together a coherent sentence.

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJohn

    Odumb got me going crazy. I want to see how our roster is going to look. Also, sign Sheldon W. another PF and good on defense. We win more games as a defensive team. 1st team Fisher Kobe Arters Gasol Bynum 2nd team would be for me Brown Morrison Walton Sheldon and J Powell.

  • udechukwu

    very disappointing to be at this point at all after publicly saying he is willing to take a paycut. Apparently rings don’t mean as much as they used to. No way that Odom really believes he has a better chance to win with the Heat. If Buss is able to offer more money but just doesnt want to then they both need to grow up, get the deal done and stop playing games so we can go for a repeat.

  • basketbolista

    sign warrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NBA executive

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    You make a great point! he’s a tool!!!

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    he only has a left hand…he can`t go right..the weed is better on the east coast.

  • Odom the worst player

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    Buss is the bigger man. Don’t put this on Dr Buss. He gave him a more than fair offer.

  • LakersFirst

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    ^^^^^^^^^

    Completely agree. Odom is the only one to blame. The Lakers gave more than a fair offer. They offered him his $10M per year, but instead of 4 years, Odom demanded five. I’m glad the Lakers lowered their second offer.

  • lanfree44s

    We should remember this, Option 4 player asking too much money.