O.C. Register: Lamar Odom would rather start. He would rather have a big season and get another big contract to replace the one that expires at the end of this season. He would also rather win a championship with the Lakers than be elsewhere.

So Odom acknowledged he’s conflicted about his personal and team agendas, especially after Phil Jackson continues to ponder his brainstorm from the end of last season that the Lakers might be better served with Odom as a sixth man and defensive ace Trevor Ariza starting.

“Whatever he wants, I guess I would do,” Odom said. “But I wouldn’t suggest (a reserve role), especially in a year where I want to be on the court for obvious reasons.”

Jackson and Odom have spoken briefly about the matter, but Jackson remains set on waiting and seeing what kind of defense the tall frontcourt of Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum can deliver together for the starting lineup. Jackson brought up the name of San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili to reporters after practice as an example of how elite teams usually have a starting-caliber player coming off the bench.

Jackson also offered this little dig when asked about the possible bench role motivating Odom to work harder: “I don’t know. I’ve never seen Lamar motivated before.”

  • True Lakers Fan

    Jackson also offered this little dig when asked about the possible bench role motivating Odom to work harder: “I don’t know. I’ve never seen Lamar motivated before.” that was a kick to the BALLS

  • LakersFirst

    LO has to earn it! He hasn’t earned a contract extension yet.

  • Michael_23

    15/7/5 are good stats for em off the bench

    Drew will get double-team
    Pau wll get double-teamed
    Kobe will get double-team

    LO will get the ball and have pressure scoring the ball, he better get his act together. Ariza has been working on his jumpshot since he joined the Lakers. So watch out!

  • http://www.lakerfan24.com Jayvee

    Develop a jump-shot or lead the bench mob. Pick, Lamar.

    If you won’t then you can always be traded =D

  • DCLAKER

    Mindgames,people.

  • yellowpurplefever

    ARIZA, ARIZA, ARIZA !!!

  • KuyaJL

    Phil Jackson likes to play mind games with his players a lot to motivate them. If probably told the media that there’s a good chance Odom’s going to come off the bench when he’s actually not to motivate him more and make him work harder. Phil is known to make moves like that.

  • e

    i must say…we’re one hell of a spoiled team to have the option of starting either ariza or lo at that spot

  • Freshh

    Just start him, unless the big frontcourt is just incapable of playing together, then we’ll start Ariza, etc

  • T.A.

    First two days of practice, Lamar has been bringing the ball up the floor as the point!!!!

    Lamar- POINT
    D-Fish- SHOOTING
    KOBE- 3
    Gasol- POWER
    Bynum- CENTER

    Phil is tinkering and experimenting

  • melo_MAMBA81

    i put LO at point when I play 2k8, and it works