Lamar Odom did not show up to the Lakers practice facility when practice started today.
Odom then showed up 90-minutes late to have a quick 15-minute “chat” with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
According to Mark Medina from the LA Times, Odom feels he should stay away from the Lakers facility at this time:
“To me, I would think it’s better to stay away,” Odom told The Times on Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. “You know, the energy and all.
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen overnight or it’s going to be a drawn-out process,” Odom said about either being traded or staying with the Lakers and attending practice.
“I don’t want to offend the sport and the professionalism. Right now, I’ll be a fan of the game from the distance. But as of right now, I just don’t know.”
Odom is clearly upset that the Lakers agreed to trade him to New Orleans. An emotional Lamar Odom was heard in an interview last night explaining his initial thoughts.
Reports had Lakers spokesperson John Black saying that Lamar Odom is expected to be a full participant at practice on Saturday.