Even after 25 points and 15 rebounds, Lamar steps up and says his timing is still not there yet. This motivation and determination could make Odom an All-Star for the first time in his career!

odomsmall.jpgL.A. Times: If the Lakers are going to make a serious run at the playoffs, they are going to need Lamar Odom to play like he did in Friday’s victory over Detroit.

Odom was a force on both ends of the court and showed the type of skills that makes him so valuable to a team.

Just check out the box score: Odom, 25 points on nine of 15 shooting from the field, and a game-high 15 rebounds in 39 minutes and 22 seconds of playing time.

Not bad for a player still trying to knock the rust off.

“I still have a ways to go,” said Odom, who has played in four games after being sidelined since the start of training camp because of a shoulder injury.

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