Lfisher.A. Times: No reason to panic, Lakers fans.

Whether free agent Lamar Odom stays in Los Angeles or leaves for the Miami Heat, Las Vegas bookmakers said Monday they don’t anticipate anything that would drop the Lakers from their perch as preseason favorites to win the NBA championship — again.

“Getting [forward Ron] Artest is better than losing Lamar,” said Jay Rood, director of the MGM/Mirage Race and Sports Book. The Lakers signed free agent Artest this month. “The core of that team still is what it is, and as long as you keep Kobe [Bryant] and [Coach] Phil [Jackson], nothing changes.”

“We didn’t change anything when they got Artest, and if they lose Odom it’ll just be a wash,” said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports book, which has the Lakers as the 2-1 favorite over the 3-1 Cavaliers and 5-1 Celtics. “Odom’s a component, but he’s not a star. As that team has already shown, if they lose someone, they’ll find someone else.”

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  • lakers2000

    This is better than another Lamar this.. Lamar that… story. See that Boston fans? That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephen

    Is that really a surprise? Of course were the Favs we just won the championship baby fu-ck ya

  • Jive Talking Turkey

    2009-10 Predictions:

    San Antonio

    Take that to Vegas.

  • magicfan4lifesuckers!!!lulz

    Jive Talking Turkey got the list wrong the magic should be at the top of the list and crappy pathetic lakers at the bottom!!!!

  • Colin Bizzle

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    dude so cute. u fucking los the finals 4-1 gyow cn u talk aby crap to us crunk as$ lakers fans?

  • “Big Hook” Nunez

    Vegas don’t make their odds according to who they think will win, they make their odds in order to even out the action. So this means nothing, Vegas will always have the Lakers as the favorites unless Kobe gets hurts, because all the money is being put on them by the public and they don’t want to lower the odds and encourage more people to be on them. Now I’m off to bed and by the time I wake up I will be putting on my #7 Heats jersey for work in East Los!

  • Sako

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    You just lost 4-1 in the Finals to us, and u also lost 3 starters. Please, just STFU.

  • Robert

    (sung to the tune of “With or Without You” by U2

    See the Celtics and Magic fall
    See L Odom play, and give it his all
    The Lakers win, with L Odom

    Sleight of hand and twist of fate
    On a bed of nails L Odom makes Laker fans wait
    But the Lakers win, without L Odom

    With or without L Odom
    With or Without L Odom

    The Lakers are Champs
    With or Without L Odom

  • http://www.inverter-china.com/blog lovekb

    Without Lamar?

    mmh. if it’s the reality we need to face, it’s ok. We still will get the champion next season.

  • lakerskeith

    if just in case odom will leaving hope they will sign david lee

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJohn

    Ron Artest will be taking 75% of the time at SF. Bynum will have to stay out of foul trouble in order to win without LO.

  • Sako

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    With the minimum???

  • lainok

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    the only way bynum wont foul is if they tie his arms behind his back.

  • Coooooop

    I agree with oddmakers. I think people are overvaluing lamar a lot. He is a role player off the bench. Adding Artest gives the lakers much toughness they need as other teams have gotten better. Lakers need that toughness.