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.