Odom wants to start, and Jackson knows it

    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.”

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    • 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