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MORNING BRIEFING

Lamar Odom may not be getting sleepy any time soon

A hypnotherapist says his specialty could be of use to Odom, if the Lakers forward is indeed addicted to candy. But he's not holding his breath.

June 07, 2009|Mike Penner

Lamar Odom insists his obsession with candy is not a problem, but if it is, could the solution be . . . hypnosis?

Scott Sandland, a clinical hypnotherapist in Newport Beach, believes it can.

In a release, Sandland says, "Certain commentators and news outlets are making a big deal about how much candy and junk food Lamar eats. But when you take a step back and look at his production, you see it's more about a human interest piece that got blown way out of proportion. Lamar Odom is a grown man, and an elite athlete who burns thousands of calories a game. He's not strung out on Fun Dip."

Sandland added, "If Lamar Odom really has a problem with candy -- and I'm in no position to say he does -- clinical hypnotherapy could be very helpful to him. And I'd even be glad to work with him myself.

"But that's for Lamar and those closest to him to decide. Everyone else should just respect his privacy and let him focus on the task at hand -- beating the Orlando Magic."

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Trivia time

Which player did the Magic select with its first-ever pick, in the 1989 NBA draft?

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Dogging Vick

A quick quiz question from Chris Ferrell of the San Antonio Express-News:

"Since being released from federal prison, Michael Vick has:

"a) Gone to see his probation officer several times.

"b) Started a $10-an-hour construction job.

"c) Watched 'Old Yeller' and 'Where the Red Fern Grows' and didn't cry once."

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Football of confusion

From David Letterman's "Top 10 Signs You've Hired a Bad Tony Awards host:"

"Thinks the two gangs in 'West Side Story' are the Jets and the 49ers."

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No upset here

From Mark Kriegel of the New York Daily News on Jose Canseco's lasting 77 seconds in a mixed martial arts bout against a 7-foot-2, 330-pound opponent:

"Can't say I'm surprised that Jose Canseco fights like a guy who needed steroids."

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Trivia answer

Nick Anderson.

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And finally

On the "Tonight Show," announcer Andy Richter took a speculative look into the future: "Dodgers fans will suspect that slugger Manny Ramirez is again taking female hormones when during afternoon games he demands the Jumbotron be tuned to Oprah."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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