Whenever adversity flew in Lamar Odom's face, he pushed it right back.
Instead of drowning in sorrow about his deceased family members, Odom inscribed their name on his shoes before every game. After initially stewing over a bench role with the Lakers four years ago, Odom laughed at the triviality of it all last season and became the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. Shortly after witnessing his infant son's death and getting robbed at gunpoint six summers ago, Odom soon used the following NBA season as a refuge.
It isn't surprising that Odom initially reacted emotionally to the string of adversities this last year. He attended a cousin's funeral in New York. He was in the passenger seat of a car when a driver fatally struck a pedestrian. And then when the Lakers tried trading him in the Chris Paul deal, Odom felt so hurt that he demanded to play elsewhere.
What is surprising is that Odom couldn't brush it all off on the court. Instead, he logged a career-low 6.6 points on 35.2% shooting with Dallas. The Mavericks and Odom have mutually agreed he will remain on the inactive roster for the rest of the season.