O.C. Register: Lamar Odom has been traveling with Kobe Bryant for 41/2 seasons and has learned a few things about the doors that fly open for others just by Bryant racing past them.

Yet Odom still seems stuck on the part about racing through the open doorway.

With Bryant denied the ball by the Detroit Pistons’ zone defense, Odom air-balled the potential winning shot Thursday night in the Lakers’ 90-89 loss.

This happened despite Odom stepping up alongside Bryant on Tuesday night in victory and sensing well in advance Thursday night what Detroit would do to Bryant on that last play.

Odom said he was able to envision the entire sequence, but he still messed up the part about taking what might have been the winning shot. Bryant, who had 39 points to Odom’s six, walked off the floor looking at Coach Phil Jackson and saying in frustration, “What are we doing?!” before shaking his head repeatedly.

“That play was drawn up for Kobe, but I know that he’s going to get high-sided and double-teamed,” said Odom, who inbounded the ball to Kwame Brown, got it back and then pushed a 19-foot floater over the basket.

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  • jack

    jeeezzzzz. wtf. please step up guys.

  • DeepFrost

    trade the BONEHEAD Odumb

  • laker in AZ

    i got madd love for odom but dam… today was ridiculous.. the lakers should really think about trading him and get someone that is more consistent and RELIABLE… maybe he should redraw his dam star on his silly head..

  • Flush Odumb

    IF ONLY we had traded Lame-ar O-so-Dumb for Kwame rather than Caron Butler!!!

    It should be obvious by now to anyone with half a brain that there will be no more banners as long as we have to rely on this flatliner Lame-ar!

    Lame-ar!
    Six years of Luke!
    Kwame Brown-stain!

    How is it that we have these three pieces of excrement on our team? We can’t even give these three losers away!

    These are three clear cut reasons why Mitch should be FIRED!

  • Flush Odumb

    OK all you Lame-ar Lovers, let’s hear it!

    How “versatile” is this guy?
    How “multi-dimensional”?
    How high is his shooting percentage?

    How many years has this flatliner been playing now?
    That last shot is what one would expect from a ROOKIE!

    Clearly we must rid our team of this LOSER – and the sooner the better!

  • http://frankthetank.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/kobe-bryant-bulls.jpg JoJo

    Kobe still wants out.

  • lakerschamps08

    wow so it was not phils fault DABOSS…umm but even if kobe got ball he was take a long jumper now yea better kobe shooting than lamar but if lamar can fuk up the D like that and just not rush the shot and be calm maybe he hits it… but he prob gonna get traded

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    WHERE IS THAT CHIPMUNK MUTHAF**KER BRYAN AT NOW. HOW GOOD IS THIS FA**OT F**K NOW ? YEAH THATS WHAT I THOUGHT. LAME-AR JOCKERS WHERE DA FUX ARE YOU AT NOW. THIS B**CH IS GARBAGE. IF WE DONT TRADE HIM JUST BENCH HIM………….. 90% OF THE PEOPLE ONE THIS SITE HAVE BEEN SAYING TRADE O-DUMB SINCE THE SEASON STARTED AND WE ARE RIGHT FLUSH THIS FA**OT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lakerschamps08

    dude if u a boston fan get the fuk outta here..and if not yea fuk odom he gonna get traded soooo..

  • myriam

    i knew everybody has the same thinking about the game w/ piston.We can’t do anything about it. Look at the whole picture, he take matters on his hand, cause partly he’s right on his thinking that if KOBE got the ball, he will be double or tripled team, so he take the risk.But on the other hand, i pity KOBE, he did everything to keep his team on the game, but we lose. I hope everybody step up and help KObe against TORONTO. Go Lakers!

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    MY NAME IS 187 ON BOSTON. THAT MEANS KILL BOSTON. YOU MUST NOT BE FROM CALI. DUMB A$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • melomamba

    remember kobe had 11 turnovers

  • http://letsgolakers.com Mr.81

    Lamar isn’t a clutch player. Shoud’ve been a shot for Fish at least. Or even better, no 3 from Tayshaun – better defense.

  • somelakerfan1

    PEOPLE SAYING LAMAR IS BAD( HE IS BAD) AND SAYING MITCH TRADE HIM HE IS NOT GOING TO TRADE HIM UNTIL THE ROAD GAMES FINISH WE HAVE HIM STUCK FOR LIKE 3 MORE WEEKS. THAT SUCKS

  • somelakerfan1

    WHY DIDN’T THEY PUT SASHA FOR LAMAR? SASHA IS A BETTER SHOOTER THAN LAMAR

  • T-Dub

    The problem is…DUMDA$$ MITCH has waited too long to trade this bum. His value is plummeting daily because the league is starting to see how unreliable, soft, and weak he is. His game is NOT what everyone thought it was and the cat is out of the bag. No one exept the Lakers are willing to spend 14 mil per on this guy. Artest or Josh Smith for Odom right now! F*CK his rebounds!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bring Showtime Back

    The second I saw the pass going to Lamar for the last shot, I yelled “F__K No!” and then, the nightmare became reality. As long as Lamar is a Laker, the Lakers will never, ever win another championship. Why? Because he is just flat out not a good player…he is not even a reliable, dependable role player that you would find on championship squads. These are Lamar’s trademarks:
    – Notoriously commits charges in nearly every single game
    – Plays a lazy man’s defense by just standing there with his arms raised up in the air, rarely ever jumps and challenges shots
    – Has a bad habit of turning over the ball when he starts to juke around with the ball, because he leans to the side at a 45 degree angle, trips over his own foot and tosses the ball at the backboard
    – Below average shooter
    – Misses free throws whenever the game is on the line
    – And how many times have we seen him get outhustled, outrebounded, or just plain not get the rebound when the game is on the line (LIKE TONIGHT’S GAME) and the ball comes his way
    – INCONSISTENCY is his middle name
    – Does not have the will and motivation to win, win, win

    These have been Lamar’s trademarks since he was with the Clippers and Miami. Lamar may be physically talented and versatile, but he clearly does not have the brain power to drive his talent and versatility. And please we’re way past Lamar having “potential” now…after this many years in the league…he just ain’t got the right tools fellas.

    So please, Mr. Kupchak, trade Lamar, Luke, Kwame (the worst front line in the league), 1st round pick, maybe Crittenton for Kidd, Jefferson and a bag of peanuts.

  • somelakerfan1

    i want to see that lamar on the first 2 games for la this season he was consistent the game against phoenix he had 32 points i want lamar to be like that not a guy avrageing 13 and 12.

  • T-Dub

    Kobe had No help lastnight from this “Championship Caliber Team”. Bynum and Kobe alone doesn’t bring a title. We need other RELIABLE players on this team. When will people exept that?? Make a F-U-C-K-I-N-G TRADE!!!!!

  • gugy

    Lamar must go, hopefully by the deadline or the off season. That’s for sure.

  • lalball81

    Wow.. just wow. You guys have to grow up. I can only imagine you spend your days thinking up crap to post about Odom on this site.

    Seriously, who comes up with Lame-ar O-dumb? What kind of fan does that? Email me at lalball_81@hotmail.com. I would really like to know the thought process on that one.

    First of all, you guys are ignoring all the facts of the game. Both Turiaf AND Kobe missed a free throw late in the game that left the door open.

    Second, they couldn’t REBOUND a miss by Detroit that gave Prince another look that killed them.

    Third, blame KWAME for not giving the ball immediately to Kobe on the inbound. He held it for too long, only to give to to Lamar at the three point line with two seconds left. THEY NEEDED A TWO.

    Blame Phil Jackson for the bad play design, and numerous other factors that hurt the Lakers down the stretch.

    Most of all, blame Detroit for outplaying us in crunch time. They showed why we have lost so many times at the Palace, and why they’re an elite team in the league.

    Look at the facts of the game. If Odom had hit that, none of you O-so-Dumb posters would show your faces on here today. Shows how immature and easily influenced by a single game you little kiddies are.

  • Michael_23

    1. Lakers should have called timeout when they couldn’t get it to Kobe or Fish

    or

    2. Lamar should have drove to the basket

    You can see when the ball left his hands he was nervous.

  • LakersOnFire

    it wouldn’t have been so bad if lamar’s jumper had been falling, but lately he has no shot whatsoever.

  • mplakers

    lalball81

    single game? was last night’s game the first laker game you’ve watched all your life? the frustration here stems from a stackpile of games where that knuckle head has been absentminded, clueless, and uninspired.

    yes kobe and ronny missed free throws…it happens…we had the lead anyway…AND WE GOT THE STOP WITH A MISSED THREE POINTER BY RASHEED AND GUESS WHO GOT OUT REBOUNDED ON THE MISS…THAT’S RIGHT…LAME-AR ODUMB HIMSELF.

    prince who out rebounded him…kicked it back out went to the three point line and shot it in who’s face???? OH YEAH THAT’S RIGHT LAME-AR ODUMB AGAIN.

    READ THE ARTICLE BELOW THIS ONE. LAMAR SAYS “I KNEW IF I THREW THE BALL TO KOBE HE WOULD GET DOUBLE TEAMED” THAT’S AN ADMISSION THAT HE WANTED TO TAKE THE SHOT HIMSELF. AND OH YEAH GUESS WHAT HAPPENED……..AIIIIIRRRRR BAAAALLLLL.

    THERE YOU GO LALBALL81 IN A SINGLE GAME O-F-ING-DUMB COMMITTED THREE BASKETBALL SINS TO LOSE A VERY WINNABLE GAME AGAINST ONE OF THE SO CALLED ELITES….KEEP IN MIND THAT IS ONE GAME DO YOU REALLY WANT ME TO BRING UP THE NIGHTMARE OF STOCKPILE OF OTHER GAMES. IT’S ABOUT AS ENJOYABLE AS PULLING TEETH WITH A ROPE ATTACHED TO A HORSE.

  • LAKing

    I feel so bad for Kobe. The poor guy plays his heart out trying to get this win with a depleted roster. Odom, the man who was born without any balls, can’t even have the common sense to know that he’s supposed to be the 2nd option for a team that desperately needs him and he can’t even handle being a 4th option. I really hope the Lakers are working on a deal to trade him because I am so sick and tired of waiting for this guy to develop. I feel bad for Lamar for losing his son, but if you don’t have it in you anymore, have some respect for your team and just quit. Stop wasting our time and space.

  • DCLAKER

    T-DUB again you given me faith that a TRADE MUST HAPPEN. LO doesn’t have the confidence he had when he was in Miami. I told y’all he has to produce against the ELITE TEAMS for the Lakers to be CONTENDERS while AB is out. As now know just because Kobe has 11 TO’s doesn’t mean it his fault,even PJ said it wasn’t,guys can’t catch the ball? How long has Kwame,LO been in the league and you still can’t catch a pass. No wonder Kobe looks frustrated in that picture above.TRADE LO FOR S.MARION,it’s the only trade I would make for him, plus he played amazing last night(didn’t see the finish).I’m starting to like the Pau Gasol deal but my heart is saying JO,JO!

  • daboss1848

    nice to see all the Lamar haters back – u were missed during/after the Knicks game.

    This game did not come down to one play . . . Lots of factors here (TOs, PJ’s play call, LOs horrendous game).

    U guys focus on the last play because it is so magnified – so let’s focus on it:
    1) To me, it looked like KB was a decoy (because clearly there was a lane to get him the ball and also because his movement was away from basket)
    2) 4.5 seconds is enough time to penetrate. It is also enough time to take a dribble with one pass (not cross court).
    3) The play call is on PJ. We have had 3 games come down to a last second shot and we have lost all 3 with an awful play…(granted this was not an awful play b/c it resulted in an open shot, but PJs choice of shooters was not optimal).

    IMO (and for those that will remind me – yes u r right, I dont have 9 rings) when u have over 3 seconds with the best player in the game on your team you have several options: give him the ball, or call timeout and give him the ball, give the ball to your next best penetrator and stop/pop shooter, give it your next best shooter. (LO fits none of those categories – he is a penetrator only on the left side of the court [the ball was on the right]). We have an abudance of shooters, LO not being one of them – KB, Fish, Farmar, Sasha, Vlad.

    Again, IMO this was a PJ play (mind game) to instill confidence in LO…had LO made the shot, PJ would have succeeded in elevating his game logarithmically by showing ultimate trust in him despite his awful play to that point. However, he missed – so now we will see if it will have the opposite effect . . .

    PJ is a fantastic team/personality manager, but he needs to hire an Xs and Os assistant (a role Tex filled).

  • mplakers

    hey dabosss

    did you completely read the article and decipher it properly.?????

    the play was FOR KOBE. LAMAR TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF. COMMON READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE MAKING COMMENTS LIKE THAT.

    LAMAR SUCKS, ALOT OF US HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT THE PAST 2-3 YEARS. PERSONALLY, I’VE SAID IT TO MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SINCE HE CAME HERE BECAUSE I KNEW HIS GAME WHEN HE WAS A CLIPPER AND I HATED HIS FLOPPY STANCE.

    IT’S TOO BAD THOUGH, I SERIOUSLY DON’T THINK ANYONE IN THE LEAGUE WITH THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD TRADE FOR HIM NOW OR EVER!

  • daboss1848

    actually i didnt read the artice….it doesnt change the design play (KB approaching the ball at half court; 2nd option LO)

    my opinion still holds b/c PJ still had LO as second option

    (missed ur LO sucks comments after the Knicks game)

    I have my own issues with LO (tentative, passive, overthinking), but I would certainly never say he sucks. He fits a free flow offense much moreso than the rigidity of the triangle – which is why he played so well in MIA. You can see that he overthinks on the floor – his hesitation is not from his lack of confidence, it is from overthinking the offense

  • DCLAKER

    I’m not LO fan,KOBA fan,DF fan,AB fan,I’M LAKER4LIFE,PERIOD.I will do whatever or better yet,I will make sure as a life long Laker fan MY SQUAD HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO BRING THAT TROPHY BACK TO WHERE IT BELONGS,LA and I live in Wash.,DC and I KNOW THAT AND PLEASE NO MORE KOBE TRADES ON THIS SITE OR GET OUT OF LAKERNATION!

  • mplakers

    daboss

    let’s simplify it.

    6-7 years in the league…28 years old. does that qualify as potential? the thought of that makes me upchuck.

    yes you missed the LO comments after the knicks game but, did you catch the LO comments, millions and still counting, since the last 3 years and for an overwhelming majority of the games THIS YEAR. WILL YOU GIVE US CREDIT FOR THOSE COMMENTS???…LOL..COMMON ODUMB IS UNDESERVING OF BEING DEFENDED, BABIED, OR CODDLED.

  • mplakers

    daboss,

    as for phil, he looked at lamar felt disgusted about his 13 million a year. threw him out there and said, ” you better earn your g-damn money”. however, as “sucky” as odumb is, he failed to comply.

    aaaaiiirrrr baaallll…man at least hit the rim and give us fans a delusional hope….lol.

    i would bet my money the next time around…the lineup for a game winning shot will be

    ronny
    kobe
    sasha/vlad rad
    farmar
    fisher

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Oh Great, T-Dub has diseased another Laker mind … SCARY!!!!

    Don’t tell me you like Zach Randolph too??

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst….LOLOLOLOLOLOLO!!!! However , you did convince me to dismiss the Zack Randolph idea.

  • double

    We need Lamar on this team, but as the 3rd scoring option. He obviously cannot handle the pressure, which is why he flourished when Bynum took most of that pressure off of him.

    Hopefully we can acquire someone decent with Kwame’s expiring contract. I’d be disappointed if we still had him after the deadline.

  • lakerzzz

    It would be crazy if that pau gasol trade has any fire under it, and all we have to do is give up expiring contracts for it, and then if mitch can somehow get really creative and somehow give up lamar and change to the nets for kidd. Then we would have KIDD, FISHER, KOBE, GASOL, BYNUM, WOW!!!!!! But maybe I’m just dreaming, cuz who wants lamar!

  • LakersFirst

    My only concern with Gasol (he clearly put up the numbers with regards to points) is his heavy contract:

    $13.7M this year
    $15M next year
    09/10: $16.4M
    10/11: $17.8M

    The Lakers would be tying up their cap space for quite some time. Plus they would have to resign Turiaf, and extend Bynum and Farmar contract’s so that would the Lakers well over the salary cap and limit their flexibility to sign players in the future.

    IF (and that’s a big IF), the Lakers do roll the dice on this trade and Memphis agrees, then everything would be on this Gasol trade (this is it for the next 4-5 years).

    Of course, if it does happen and backfires, then I’m sure the Laker Nation will want to castrate Mitch and the Lakers FO even more. The Lakers FO are in Kobe’s situation, if they do nothing their yelled out, if they do something, they’ll get yelled out and bashed. It’s a tough job.

  • bryan

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    Hey, I’m right here. I don’t have to hide (like you haters did after the Knick’s game). I’m honest with my opinions. Lamar Odom had a bad game. However, unlike you haters.. when he threw up that jumper.. I was hoping for it to go in. You people who love to hate Lamar wanted to see that air ball so you could rush here to TLN and talk your garbage. If that shot had gone in, would you be here talking shyt? Doubt it. But it didn’t go in… and me and every other TRUE Laker fan are upset about the LOSS, not about the play of Lamar Odom.

    Btw, the only reason why Odom didn’t get that last board was because he was pushed by Prince. It should have been a foul.. the game should have been over.. but that’s the NBA for you. The NBA wanted the Pistons to get that three and I’m sure they wanted to see a Kobe buzzer-beating shot as well. But it didn’t go down like that, so let’s move on.

    daboss, I really liked what you had to say.

  • bryantbynum

    to give odom a little bit of a break, the rebound that prince got at the end should have been a loose ball foul, odom was shoved. as far as the last play, i don’t know whether it was lamar’s fault, phils fault, or both of their faults, but when your team has the best player in the league, the player that you would most trust with 5 seconds left,and your team is in that exact situation,you get him the dam ball. I would have felt a lot better if kobe took that shot and missed or at least touched the ball and facilitated something in that play. this has happened last season with the Knicks,(lamar odom airball), it’s happened this year with the nets(vlad air ball), last week with the cavs(luke passes at the buzzer) and other seemingly countless times. when the lakers have the best clutch shooter in the game, than why don’t they ever use him?

  • Kella

    The thing is this… The game should not have to be decide by a point. If everyone steps up and plays the game we would be winning by many points. The other thing is this….The can’t always depend on Kobe to take the game winning shot because most teams know that is the game plan and they keep the ball out of Kobe’s hand. There should be more than ONE player on a team that can take the game winning shot(if needed). They need to stop depending on Kobe soooo much. Prime Example~ Luke Walton had a Good, open shot the other night and he dished it off to Kobe. Welll….He missed. That cost us the game. No excuses, Lamar is NOT consistant.PERIOD……

  • ab4sure

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    So you want to make a trade. How bout making a good trade not just a trade. Good trades are not made by magic, but most of lakernation just do not have patience. If Mitch lacked patience, Bynum would be a Net today. Thank God for Mitch’s patience. A little more sensibility is needed. Quit panicking. The lakers were 17-3 when healthy. The just need to ride this storm out at close to 500.

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    HEY CHIPMUNK I THINK EVERY OTHER LAKER FAN IS MOSTLY UPSET OVER THE PLAY OF SCROTUM. WOW YOU CAN ONLY MENTION 1 GAME THIS LOSER PLAYED DECENT IN. 95% OF THE GAMES THIS SEASON HE HAS SUCKED.IF YOU WERE A REAL LAKER FAN YOU WOULD WANT US TO GET RID OF THIS LAME JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES. I CANT FIGURE OUT WHY YOU WANT TO KEEP HIM ON THE SQUAD. IT MUST BE BECAUSE YOU THINK HIS BALLS ARE DELICIOUS.TAKE HIS BALLS OUT SO WE CAN FINALY SHIP THIS B**H OUT

  • bryantbynum

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    if you are refering to the cavs game than luke gave the ball to kobe with no time left on the clock. the shot would not have counted as kobe did not have enough time to shoot. In that situation luke should have shot the ball. but at least kobe TOUCHED the ball in that last play of the Cavs game and he gave it to luke, who, after pump faking, passed it right back when he should have shot. In last nights game, you get the ball to kobe, if he is one on one, then he takes the shot, if he is double or triple teamed, then he will find an open Fisher or another GOOD shooter. as for rest of the game, the lakers are an injury depleted squad on the road against the second best team in the east, maybie in the NBA, in a building where the lakers haven’t won in 6 years. we were all counting this game to be a loss anyways. All that considering, the lakers played fantastic from the second quarter up until the last 9 seconds. the lakers absolutely dominated for 2 and a half quarters, so you can’t say that it was kobe doing all the work. they played excellent defence for that strech. when you keep in mind that detroit is the toughest team that we will play on the trip, and that we now have pau gasol, than the lakers should have a very successful trip.

  • DCLAKER

    Like I said LAKERFIRST,A TRADE MUST HAPPEN AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED,CAN I GET MY PROPS NOW(AND NO WOULD’VE TRADED FOR ZACH BUT i UNDERSTAND HOW T-DUB FEELS,ANYBODY FOR KWAME).

  • MILO

    Get rid off this walking calamity please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    What props?? You wanted Samuel Dalembert???? I give my props to Mitch and the FO – I think everyone who slammed the FO needs to apologize and give them props. +

    As a matter of fact, I think you should be one of the first to apologize after the many times you ripped them apart (T-Dub has already apologized to them in another thread).