L.A. Times: In his mind, Lamar Odom had to mentally accept his new role with the Lakers so he could let go of the old and embrace the new.
He is no longer in the starting lineup and is now the team’s sixth man.
Odom wrestled with that idea, initially expressing his disdain at the notion of coming off the bench.
Now Odom has seen the light, his mind-set freeing him to welcome a new challenge.
“I think mentally it was different. It humbles you,” Odom said. “But being humbled has been a part of my life for a long time. . . . But for these guys in this locker room, this great organization, a great coaching staff, if that’s what it has to be, that’s what it has to be.”
It’s only four games into the season, but Odom has seen his playing time equal to those of a starter.
Odom is second on the team in minutes played (26.8), and he has been on the court at the finish of games. He is fourth in scoring (10.0), third in rebounds (6.5) and last in complaints.
He played 10 minutes in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Clippers and delivered season-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9).