L.A. Times: Lamar Odom’s name was spit-balled around the Lakers’ office, and many others in the league, in trade talks throughout the off-season.

Maybe he was on his way to Indiana in a four-team deal that would deliver Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. Maybe he was heading to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal. More recently, perhaps he was going to Phoenix for Shawn Marion.

Instead, come Monday morning, he found himself with the Lakers for another season, his fourth since coming over from Miami in the Shaquille O’Neal trade.

Odom will miss most, if not all, of the exhibition season as he recovers from mid-May shoulder surgery, giving him plenty of time to think about what could have been . . . and what is now.

“I kind of expected it because we lost two years in a row in the first round to the same team,” Odom said of the persistent trade talks. “This is an organization that plays for championships. Of course, when you go out there [and play] hurt, it hurts a little bit, but it’s part of the business as well.

“I don’t want to be traded, This is where I’d like to end my career. L.A. is L.A., and it’s also my second home.”

The Lakers were impressed when Odom successfully fought through a torn labrum in his left shoulder toward the end of last season, finishing with a career playoff-high 33 points in Game 5 against Phoenix.

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  • kb24 4life

    odom is one of my favorite players but if we can get marion for him , i will have to think it twice..

  • foxxy

    LUV YA LAMAR…BUT PLEASE BE MORE AGGRESSIVE THIS YEAR…OR!

  • MacBSlick

    Ive seen enough of Odom over the last 3 seasons to understand that hes way to inconsistent for any NBA Team to want (except us). Hes been hurt every year hes played except his drug bust year. Which makes him extremely fragile. And he makes way to much money for having never been an allstar in this league. Every year hes played people have asked the same question “will he have a break out year”, and every year hes disappointed all of us.
    Why we keep this guy on our roster is beyond me. Hes been hurt every year hes been here with us. Which means he cant fully work on any aspect of his game. Which means we get the same old inconsistent player again and again. All its going to take is 1 good hit on that shoulder and hes gone. Again!
    Trade him and do it this year before were paying him to rehab again. Sorry if it sounds like I dont like him. I do as a human being. But his skills as a NBA player I dont like. We need a consistent 2nd option and Lamar is not and has not been that player. He’s proven that in 3 season here. Trade Him. Thats my take.

  • lakerfan81

    I like Lamar. He is a great rebounder, one of the best (if not the best) passing forwards in the game (Walton is there as well which is why the lakers were the best passing team wihen they were all healthy last year), an underrated defender (not a lock down defender but he is better than people give him credit for), creates match up problems at either the 3 or the 4. I think his main problems are that sometimes he is not aggressive enough on the offensive end, and he is injury prone. Part of the injury problem though comes from playing the 4 where he gets banged around too much. If he gets healthy early and stays healthy I think he will have a good year. Will he be an all-star? Probably not because there are two many really good forwards in the west, Mello, Duncan, Dirk, McGrady, Marion, Those are big names to beat out even if he has the best year of his career.

    I think he should be playing the 3. He creates match up problems with is height and can defend the 3 ok for the same reason (he might be better at defending the 3 than the 4). The problem is that we do not have anyone that can start at the 4 besides Odom. Turiaf fouls too often and I like him as an energy guy off the bench; Kwame never understood that position and has played better at the 5.

  • foxxy

    [quote comment="14049"]I like Lamar. He is a great rebounder, one of the best (if not the best) passing forwards in the game (Walton is there as well which is why the lakers were the best passing team wihen they were all healthy last year), an underrated defender (not a lock down defender but he is better than people give him credit for), creates match up problems at either the 3 or the 4. I think his main problems are that sometimes he is not aggressive enough on the offensive end, and he is injury prone. Part of the injury problem though comes from playing the 4 where he gets banged around too much. If he gets healthy early and stays healthy I think he will have a good year. Will he be an all-star? Probably not because there are two many really good forwards in the west, Mello, Duncan, Dirk, McGrady, Marion, Those are big names to beat out even if he has the best year of his career.

    I think he should be playing the 3. He creates match up problems with is height and can defend the 3 ok for the same reason (he might be better at defending the 3 than the 4). The problem is that we do not have anyone that can start at the 4 besides Odom. Turiaf fouls too often and I like him as an energy guy off the bench; Kwame never understood that position and has played better at the 5.[/quote]
    I AGREE WITH YOU,LAMR IS A REALLY GOOD PLAER..HE CAN DO SO MANY THINGS OUT THERE ON THE FLOOR..BUT YES,HE WOULD BE BETTER AT THE 3,THIS IS WHY JO WOULD HAVE BEEN A ADDITION PLAYING THE 2.

  • PHANTOM

    who cares what odom wants? as kobe would say ship is a$$ out!!!

  • fatty

    I like Odom. If Lamar can stay healthy, he is a beast. Now, not being an allstar yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t play like an allstar.

    As was said, the competition in the West is much tougher than the East. I mean, even Magloire has made the allstar game. Kwame could be an allstar in the east. Ok an obvious stretch, but you know what I mean.

    Second, Kobe has never been the MVP, but we all know better. This last year several writers had Lamar having an allstar year, then the injury came. Will he continue to have injury plagued seasons? That to me is the question with Lamar.

    Don’t forget, this is the Lakers, we play for the playoffs. In the playoffs, I don’t really see the inconsistency from Odom. Last year, when it counted, he came through. Playing injured, he still dominated the “Allstar” Marian. Game 5, 30 and 15, that’s special. That’s the guy I want on my team when the playoffs begin.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ykastro KINGKOBE24

    [quote comment="14054"]who cares what odom wants? as kobe would say ship is a$$ out!!![/quote]
    THIS DUD IS A JOKE,WE ALL NEED A SECOND CHANCE ODOM GET YOUR GAME STRAIGHT HOMIE OR ELS YOUR GONE..SORRY BUT IF YOU DON’T GOT WHAT IT TAKES THEY WILL SHIP YOUR ASS OUT.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I’m glad Lamar wants to be a Laker for life. If I were in the NBA, I’d want to be a Laker for life too, so would all of you! That’s what we want, someone who CARES about this team. Lamar does, and he showed us that.

    That being said, we must find a way to win. If we can’t win with this roster, then we have to change things up. Let’s see how it goes… Lamar, the Lakers Nation is behind you. May all your games be like game 5 of last year.

  • TheLAunit

    ODoM HAS MAD GAME, people have to realize he was hurt for half of the season, When he was on the court we was 26-13. He puts up good numbers every night he’s on the court, Almost averaging a triple double a night. Its not his fault that the other Lakers is not step’n up. Its just him and Kobe. ODOM DO YO THANG….f**K THE HATERS!!:) MAKE HIM A LAKER 4 LIFE.. “WESTSIDE”

  • dave1003

    He’s a good player no doubt but his style doesn’t mesh with Kobe when they are on the floor at the same time. Has no right hand game what so ever. It’s surprising for a professional basketball player too be so bad with his off hand. Way too injury prone but has a lot of heart, i’ll give him that much. He’ll be gone in 2 years when his contract is up.

  • fred0s

    People don’t seem to realize that the Lakers exceed when Odom is playing the point. So why doesn’t Phil Jackson do what Don Nelson did with Mike Dunleavy Jr, and stick Odom at the point. His talent would be much better suited for that position. Here would be the starting line up

    PG: Lamar Odom
    SG: Derek Fisher
    SF: Kobe Bryant
    PF: Chris Mihm
    C : Andrew Bynum

  • Michael_23

    Bucher is still crying and causing havoc that he thinks the Lakers will collapse.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/trainingcamp07/columns/story?columnist=bucher_ric&page=lakershawaii

    He’s so dumb. He should get fired.

  • Michael_23

    Fred,

    Lamar is no Magic Johnson.

  • MacBSlick

    TheLAunit

    I dont hate Lamar I just dont think hes durable enough to play at this level of Basketball. Yeah he was hurt last year and the year before that and the year before that too. Hes too fragile to play with the Bigs in this league. Does he have heart? Hell yeah he does but that doesnt help him when hes sitting on the damn bench rehabing an injury every single year. Does he have Mad Game as you say? At times he does but not all the time. Game 5 was a great outting for him But that was the 87th game of the season. One stinking game doesnt make up for a whole season of on again off again play. Can he build on that 1 game? I guess we will all see wont we. I really hope he can. But I wouldnt gamble on it thats for sure.

  • JordanT

    I can’t wait for the season to start. We will watch everything unfold.

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