Lamar Odom joined the Dan Patrick show for his first public interview since being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Odom talked about his emotions when he found out the Lakers agreed to trade him to New Orleans. He also talked about how he will feel when he comes back to L.A. to play the Lakers on January 16th, and what he expects the crowd to do when his name is announced.
The full transcript is below. Or you can also listen to the entire interview via our partners over at Fox Sports Radio LA.
How’s Lamar Odom “Dallas Mavericks Forward” sound to you?
“It’s a good thing; it’s a good thing. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to defending the title.”
Did you demand a trade?
“Ehh I don’t know…I demanded to stay on the team, and if they couldn’t do that then it must have been time for me to go.”
On hearing about the New Orleans trade:
“That’s when I figured out that it was going to happen at any given time. They were going to trade me this year no matter what. They were trying to make the best business move for themselves, which didn’t have my best interest. I had to kind of take control of the situation and land in a place like Dallas. A city like Dallas, play for an owner like Mark Cuban. A team like the Mavericks was my first choice.”
Have you talked to Kobe since the trade?
“Not yet, I spoke to Luke [Walton] for maybe about two hours. It was emotional, and sometimes I think about situations and it’s hard to control my emotions. I was emotionally in debt to [the Lakers] and to those guys in that locker room. Winning and losing, and so many battles sometimes you have to put that to the side.”
Are you more angry or sad?
“Shocked and surprised. It took me for a loop. [Los Angeles] is a great place to play, great team, and I took pride in helping [the Lakers] try and defend a championship.”
Have you met with Mark Cuban?
“Over the phone. He’s a great guy. He’s looking forward to it.”
When’s Khloe coming to town?
“Khloe will be here on Friday, making my hotel room into a home.”
How does Khloe look in the Mavericks colors?
“Khloe looks great in everything bro”
On how this affects the reality show:
“It is reality. On the show our lives unfold like right on the spot.”
On playing the Lakers at Staples Center on January 16th:
That’s pretty quick huh! It will be weird. The first time I ever left a team was when I played for the Clippers and went to the Heat…My first time playing in LA with Miami it was pretty awkward. It will be awkward, but I got to go out there, and I have a job to do.”
What he expects the Lakers fans to do when his name is announced?
“They’ll cheer, I think so.”
On playing against the Nets and Kris Humphries:
“That may be a little bit more awkward, then even going to LA.”
Will Kim Kardashian show up to that game?
“No, I’m keeping away from that one.”
Do you feel sorry for Kris Humphries?
“I would feel bad for anybody that was put in that situation and that happened to him.”
On not having to defend Dirk Nowitzki anymore:
“That’s a great thing. Free him up a little bit. Along with Jason Kidd”