A fun Q&A with Lamar.
Dime Magazine: It’s something they’d never admit publicly, but the L.A. Lakers didn’t really care that they lost to the Clippers in last night’s regular season finale. When you’re the defending NBA champs and you’ve secured the best record in your conference for the third straight year, the real season doesn’t start until the playoffs get underway.
Lamar Odom put up 21 points and 8 boards last night, his second-highest point total since he moved into the starting lineup to replace injured Andrew Bynum in late-March. With Bynum (Achilles) expected to rejoin the lineup in L.A.’s first-round series against Oklahoma City, Odom will eventually move back to the bench, but he’s still the Lakers’ third-best player and a key cog in their chances of repeating as champs. Shortly before the Lakers/Clippers game, I got up with L.O. for a few minutes to talk about what’s next for L.A. in the postseason: