L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant has a suggestion for Lamar Odom. “Send the referees a bouquet of flowers,” he said.
Odom has been short-circuited the last two games because of foul trouble, ending a productive stretch amid a series of whistles aimed in his direction.
He fouled out of the Lakers’ 118-111 loss Sunday to the Phoenix Suns with 8 minutes 31 seconds to play.
He picked up his fifth foul with 8:43 left and the Lakers down, 96-92. He stayed in the game but was done for good 12 seconds later, his afternoon ending on an offensive foul after he briefly hooked his arm around Suns forward Louis Amundson while trying to get position down low.
Odom finished with four points, six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes. Against Denver on Friday, he had 12 points and five fouls.
“Lamar just really had an awful day,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Sunday. “There was a couple really bad calls against Lamar that limited his time.”