O.C. Register: After averaging 18.2 points and 11.7 rebounds, while averaging a team-high 42.8 minutes during the Lakers’ six-game Western Conference semi-final playoff series elimination of the Utah Jazz, Lakers forward Lamar Odom’s production took a nose dive in the next two rounds.

In the five-game Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Odom averaged 12.8 points and 9.6 rebounds and then in the NBA finals, in which the Boston Celtics defeated the Lakers in six games, Odom averaged 13.5 points and nine rebounds.

It turns out that there was a justifiable reason why Odom’s numbers dipped. By the time the Western Conference finals rolled around, he was suffering badly from tendinitis in both of his knees.

Odom’s condition in his right knee became so bad that he seriously considered having arthroscopic surgery this summer.

However, he opted for an extended rest and the pain dissipated. His knees improved to the point where Odom was able to spend a portion of August working out in Las Vegas with a number of other NBA players, including newly-signed Clippers guard Baron Davis and NBA finals MVP Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.

In addition to his knee condition, Odom suffered another slight setback this summer. The day before his youth basketball camp, held at the new Hangar Athletic Xchange, Odom was strickened with food poisoning.

However, his stomach has stopped churning and with his knees healthy, Odom is expected to be at full strength when the Lakers open training camp in four weeks.

  • lakrfan4life

    walk it off lamar! lol good luck

  • lakaluva

    And the dog ate my homework….

  • DCLAKER

    It must REEEEEAAAALLY boring today (the whole month to be honest)if this gettin’ posted.

  • Michael_23

    At least he’s working out.

    Vlad Rad? Fluke?

  • daboss1849

    I guess if i played like shyt in the finals i would makeup an injury also!!!!!! tradeodom.com

  • Lakers 24 7

    Kobe played through injruies all season, and he still managed to cop an MVP and a trip to the finals for his team. A little tendinitis shouldn’t phase Lamar. Kobe had tendinitis, a torn ligament, and im sure that shoulder hurt for a while when he got tripped up and took that dive against the Nuggets during the season.

  • ignard

    If it wasn’t for bad luck Lamar wouldn’t have any luck at all.

  • lakerschamps09

    now idk if true but if u having problems with ur knee then no way u can perform to the level u want to.. kobe had a pinkie prolblem thats diff then knee..but yea we all need to be healthy

  • tradekwame11

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    well kobe was just being kobe

  • VoiceofReason

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    Kobe is just way to tough. No disrespect to Lamar. Lamar didnt even make up an excuse so stfu guys. You guys really dont appreciate how proud he is to be a Laker. Hes gonna be great for us this season.

  • AL

    Well give him a break. We need all of player if we want to win Championship!!

  • lakerferlife7

    wow people that r sayin his bad knees shouldnt have hurt his game obviously dnt play ball….wit out knees you cant do shit especialy at pf

  • DCLAKER

    Dude, have you seen LO in the 4 seasons,yes he’s a great talent but 10 yrs. in the league and your best seasons were ’03 in Miami and ’06-’07 when he hurt his knee and some of ’08 when Gasol went down,so 2 months he was a ‘Beast’,uhhhh,what happened in the Playoffs and the Finals? Nuthin’.

    I goin’ to speak ONLY for me when I say let’s see what happens when he hits the floor with Pau/AB…but if it doesn’t work,

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

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    finally somebody that thinks the same way as i do, LO for me is a great player, very versatile and if he played through pain in the playoffs, he gets my respect because he has proved that when healthy, he is always a triple-double caliber player…

  • DCLAKER

    What happened in The Finals?

  • BruinLaker

    I knew it!!! There was an post-game interview on the Lakers’ site after game 1 where he says he was hurt but he didn’t want to say what. We’ll be back and better if they all remain healthy and Pau should be better now that I think we can say he is accustomed to an extended season

  • ignard

    It’s always something with Lamar, sorry but it’s true.

  • Lakerboi

    Working out with Paul P.?!? I mean…I think “I’m the best player in the league” Paul P….. As he thinks…

  • Lakers 24 7

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    Yea he is a great player, Im not sayin he’s not. He’s a great rebounder and passer…but he does need to work on his shot, if Lamar has a good shot then he will be even tougher to defend.

  • joseph

    love that smile from lamar up by 25 points during game 4 in the finals…. thought that game was in the bag! hahahaha….

  • jonathan

    Good thing is, he is feeling better.

  • jonathan

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    learning his secrets – duh… lol

  • Zen Master

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    Uh hmm… it’s the other way around. He got injured and then played like sh*t. At least he didn’t whine about it during the finals or the Conf. Finals?

  • Zen Master

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    Right indeed. With severe knee pain, you can’t do anything at any position, in almost every sport.

  • Zen Master

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    Right thing to say… unlike some haters out here.

  • Smush Walton

    I feel your pain, Lamar buddy. While I was watching your performance during the finals, I too was suffering badly, my stomach was really churning and I was in pain, severe pain!

    Somehow I’ll bet when you walked out of that nightclub after arriving AFTER MIDNIGHT the night before the team had a flight back to Boston for Game 6 you were feeling no pain.

    NEXT!

  • Zen Master

    Some people don’t know what its like to play pro ball like LO in 82 games plus extra games in the playoffs being a point forward that he is. The NBA isn’t some half court type tournament that you play when you were in school people. Lamar rebounds, runs the floor, handles the ball for 82 games plus the playoffs each season.

    Now can any of you haters tell me that you wouldn’t feel knee pain if you were an NBA starter? Oh BTW, those that said, “Well Kobe played well through pain,” which planet do you live on? Some injuries affect one’s performance more than other injuries, comprende (I’m don’t speak espanol). Is a pinkie ligament tear going to affect you running or jumping? No. Is shoulder pain going to do that? No. You haters can’t last 3 pickup games in a day so don’t hate on Odom for feeling pain through 82+ game seasons. I would love to see you all play 82 games, average 40+ minutes a game, on an NBA court each game. Try that and tell us the reasonable people how it feels.

  • Odom the worst player

    This is just an excuse for this guy. He has always played this way in big games.

  • Zen Master

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    Still, I would like to see you survive 82 full games. How about playing several 48 minute games with both knees hurting?

  • T-Dub

    I hope he’s workin on his jumpshot!

  • DCLAKER

    NO MORE EXCUSES!!

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  • Smush Walton

    This will be Lame-O’s 5th season with the Lakers and 10th in the league. What has this guy accomplished? I’ve heard a lot of empty words about “potential”, the next “Scottie Pippen”, yada yada yada, but don’t see many concrete results and certainly nothing on a consistent basis. And this guy is one of the highest paid players on the team!

    Since we are stuck with this guy for another year perhaps we can utilize him to improve our bench. He has certainly proved that he can not be counted as a go to guy. He can be counted on to crack under pressure.

  • DCLAKER

    LO just has to STOP gettin’ high…that wasn’t a joke,HE NEEDS TO STOP AND GET FOCUSED,or else…..

  • SliqRiq

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    Support what we got or get the hell off this site, LO is a SOLID contibutor to this team. You people want a freakin all-star for every position, last I checked he still averages a double double every night.

  • DCLAKER

    Please stop lying to yourself,EVERYNIGHT? Then why didn’t he go to the ALL – STAR game…I give you time to think…can’t find one answer,well,here let me assist you,HE DIDN’T AVERAGE A DOUBLE DOUBLE EVERYNIGHT and if your sayin’ everynight as including PLAYOFFS AND FINALS then either we REALLY WON THE FINALS and Boston is hiding the trophy or LO needs improve his game so he won’t be traded for…..

  • Odom the worst player

    Sliqriq or whatever your name is, first off this is not your web site. I can express my opinion anytime I want to and I couldn’t care less if you like it. Second this guy sucks, and that’s all there is to it. Just because he averages a double double doesn’t mean he is immune to criticism. This guy doesn’t even try on defense; he is so inconsistent it’s unbelievable, and pathetic. Now I will continue to criticize this guy if and when I want to so get use to it. I will stop when he deserve for me to stop. So in the mean time you know where you can go. ODOM SUCKSSSSSSSSSSS

  • SliqRiq

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    Lets see playoff average this year was 14 pts 10 reb and for the 07-08 season 14.2 pts and 10.6 reb per game. I call that a double double I guess in your case you dont huh.

    Oh and please give it a break with your RJ trades LO is better than him.

    As for losing the finals dont blame LO, it was just like the 04 series with the Pistons, Celtics were allowed to play hard nosed and physical as were the Pistons in 04 and when the Lakers tried to play the same way we they get the BS calls cuz thats the way the NBA wants it.

    Maybe you should realize who is really your team, cuz it sure seems your more of a fan of the athlete not the Lakers

  • SliqRiq

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    Your right this isnt my website and you can express whatever you want just like I did when I commented on yours, now if you want to get personal with me and tell me where to go I would like to see you go there with me so we can handle this ….. what do you say.

  • Odom the worst player

    Sliq Riq Whatever you want. You are the one who started with me. I didn’t say one thing to you. I was talking about Odom and you started on me. I can say what I want. I wasn’t attacking you. I just think Odom isn’t as good as some of you think

  • DCLAKER

    First off I never said RJ was better than LO…BUT AFTER THE FINALS HE IS.Please don’t have me pull up the stats and compare.LO is a very versatile player but he NEEDS the ball in his hands…RJ doesn’t,really he’s exactly like Marion,moves better without the ball in his hands,sorta like a PG with no dribblin’,it’s called court vision.

    So here’s the breakdown,if we’re going by stats…RJ 22.6 ppg…LO 14.2,meaning RJ is more active offensively,defensively both are shaky but I give an edge to LO only because of rebounding which is going to drop because of Pau/AB,so HE NEEDS TO SCORE MORE…or else,

  • SliqRiq

    Ok whatever then, you have a right to your opinion. You dont like him and I do. I feel that a person who loses a child and suffers all the hardships that he has and plays the game the way he does deserves my respect as a person and as an athlete but then again thats my opinion.

  • SliqRiq

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    Well I guess we’ll just have to see this year then huh.

  • Odom the worst player

    SliqRiq I was wrong to say where to go. We are all laker fans sometimes we just have different opinions that’s all.

  • Smush Walton

    I’m sure Lamar is a nice guy – not too bright – but the players all seem to like him.

    What the fans are interested is his contribution on the court. Yes, from time to time he has a great game, but unfortunately those are few and far between. More often than not he is simply lost out there. Then consider his scarecrow defense, his HORRENDOUS outside shot – hopeless flinging up 3’s, driving almost exclusively to his left more often than not into a waiting defender, frequently resulting in either a travel, charge, or clumsy awkward shot flung up while falling down.

    Is this the kind of “double-double” that is worth the money this guy is getting paid?

    Also is there any excuse for his late night partying the night before the crucial game 6? Certainly not the type of dedication worthy of the salary this guy is getting or the respect of the fans.

    Finally, this is his TENTH year and we’re still waiting for the type of perfomance, on a consistent basis, that even he thinks he is capable of. At least at one time he thought he was capable of being an “all star” as evidenced by that goofy “STAR” on the back of his noggin.

    So yes, the thinking fans have some justification for their patience running out on this guy – and the fact that we traded Caron Butler and kept the “next Scottie Pippen” doesn’t make matters any better.

    One more comment about a “double-double”…
    I saw an interview with Wilt Chamberlain years ago after he retired I think it was on Dick Shapp’s show. Somehow the “triple-double” came up and he basically said that he thought is was all a bunch of baloney invented for hype. He said something like, “a triple-double? What’s that 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists? Big Deal! When I was playing if I only had 10-10-10 everyone would say Wilt you had a lousy game!” And if he thought that of a triple double, his opinion of a double double would most likely be even lower.

  • SliqRiq

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    Its cool Homie!
    Lakers All The Way!!!!

  • LakersNo1

    I think LO is like Chris Webber, a blacksheep to the team. With them, a team will never win champ cuz they choke during playoffs time. I think the Lakers will not renew his contract and should move on w/out him if we need to win.

  • bryan

    my thing with all the LO haters is that they only show up when he has sub-par performances. during that run with pao when lamar played flawless including back-to-back 20-20 games, the haters were no where to be found. im talking about you “odom the worst player.” where were you at? give credit where credit is due. lamar is our 3rd-4th option. some teams wish they had a lamar odom on their team. appreciate your team and stop hating. otherwise, go join the boston wagon, they have 3 all-stars that you can drool over all you want.

  • DCLAKER

    We all agree to disagree.SliqRiq and Odom the worst player have resolved their issues,LIKE MEN so no need to attack either of them.

    I think SliqRiq said it best…LAKERS ALL THE WAY!

    LAKEZILLAISCOMING.com,FORGET FOOTBALL!!!!

  • LakersFirst

    I think Rick Fox put it great when he talked about LO during the NBA finals. Rick Fox said that LO defers too much to Kobe and Pau, calling them the #1 and #2 guys, which of course they are. But Rick Fox also said that when he played with Kobe and Shaq, even though they were the #1 and #2 guys, that him, Horry, Fisher, B Shaw, still wanted to also contribute as they were the #1 and #2 guys and that they all wanted to be in the spotlight because they knew other teams would focus on Shaq and Kobe. LO should know that Kobe and Pau are going to be the focus of other teams’ defense so he should step up and quit deferring to them all the time.