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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.

NOVEMBER 6, 1979

Taking a step back from the lockout and Laker history, it’s necessary to celebrate a birthday that’s mostly gone under the radar, as longtime Laker and reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom turns 32 today.

Odom would play five years for the Clippers and Heat before being traded to the Lakers in the deal that sent Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat following the 2003-04 season. Since joining the Lakers, Odom has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds across seven seasons, winning titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Odom would become the first Laker to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award since the award’s inception in 1983.

Nicknamed “Candy Man” by his teammates for his affinity for sweets, we’re sure that Lamar will have quite the cake for his special day. Happy Birthday Lamar! We here at Laker Nation hope you have a good one!