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#1 b.diddy2417

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Posted August 29, 2017 - 12:46 AM

"“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom told The Vertical. “I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.

“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs, and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team. To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why?

“I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank. I had issues going on. But barring injury, could I play in the NBA today? I could play. I should still be playing.”

Odom has been public about his issues with drug use, and he makes it clear that he’s blessed to still be living. He had a life-threatening drug overdose in a Las Vegas brothel in October 2015, when he suffered multiple strokes, kidney failure and was in a coma and on life support. Odom recently sat inside Sista Mary’s Soul Food, a restaurant he co-owns with his longtime friend, business partner and confidant Greg Nunn, and made it clear his priorities are his son and daughter now.

At some point, Odom will come full circle in Los Angeles, with plans being discussed for him to sign a contract to retire as a Laker in training camp.

“My family looks forward to me retiring as a Laker more than me,” Odom told The Vertical. “I’m not really emotional about being praised, about signing for a day. I’m shy at the end of the day. For my son, for my family, for my fans, they may enjoy that day. It’s for them.

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Posted August 29, 2017 - 04:46 AM

I'm not against the Lakers signing him and letting him retire....but the way he represents what happened to him is not quite true.

 

Lamar did get traded, but the trade was voided by Stern. He was a Laker again. He then threw a hissy fit and forced Mitch to trade him to Dallas for next to nothing (a trade exception). The last part didn't have to happen, and there were no winners in that deal. Lamar was never the same...but there were indications that he wasn't the same even before the trade.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 06:43 AM

*facepalm*


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 07:06 AM

*facepalm*

 

Hmm, was something I said not accurate? Do you remember things differently than I do?


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 08:16 PM

Hmm, was something I said not accurate? Do you remember things differently than I do?

 

It was directed at the story, not you since I have not quoted your post.


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Posted August 29, 2017 - 09:33 PM

It was directed at the story, not you since I have not quoted your post.

 

Gotcha. It wasn't clear.


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Posted August 30, 2017 - 08:57 AM

I remember Plaschke writing a story about how Lamar played badly every Sunday night, once "Khloe & Lamar" premiered.   That Kardashian mess was not helpful to him. 


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Posted August 30, 2017 - 12:54 PM

I remember Plaschke writing a story about how Lamar played badly every Sunday night, once "Khloe & Lamar" premiered.   That Kardashian mess was not helpful to him. 

 

I believe he recently said that when we traded him it was the down fall for him. He took it too personal. 


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Posted August 30, 2017 - 07:27 PM

Actually the downfall for Lakers too if you want to be fair


Praying for  1. Some Cohesion (Ill fitting parts with young bucks, new guys, and those playing for next contracts may muck things up all season) 2. Better Coaching, No More Tanking (Last season was more of the latter but not sure how much of the former we can count on. Walton with something to prove this season as much as any Laker player) 3. Rookie Watch (Hoping Lonzo outshines his daddy (ROTY??), and Kuzma finds minutes and makes a push for all rook 2nd team)

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Posted August 31, 2017 - 04:03 AM

The downfall of the Lakers began when the great Dr. Bus passed...

 

That said we are on our way back...

 

Bring back LO for a day and let him retire a Laker... seems like the right thing.



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Posted August 31, 2017 - 08:55 PM

Does anyone believe he can still ball ? (Not that I or the Lakers should be interested)

#12 b.diddy2417

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Posted September 01, 2017 - 01:27 AM

Yes and no

Yes he can play for big 3
No he can't handle full regular season (82 games )

I love to bring him back for 1 game only for 5 min playing time (if we are winning by 30)




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