March 10, 2010 |
The Toronto Raptors challenged the Lakers, doing a lot of talking in the process. The Raptors dared the Lakers, strutting around Staples Center on Tuesday night as if they owned the arena, as if they owned the Lakers. The Raptors mouthed-off to the Lakers, clearly not intimidated by the defending NBA champions. All of that bothered Lakers forward Lamar Odom to no end, even though the Lakers defeated Toronto, 109-107, on a 17-foot jump shot by Kobe Bryant with 1.9 seconds left.
January 6, 2010 |
Lamar Odom eased into the Lakers' locker room before Tuesday night's game, leaning against the wall for support, short of breath. He sat down, hung his head and tried to speak but was barely audible. He still was fighting off the intestinal-flu symptoms that had caused him to miss practice Monday. Odom struggled with his strength and stamina, feeling weak throughout Tuesday night's game against the Houston Rockets. But he fought through his illness to produce a near triple-double in helping the Lakers to an 88-79 victory at Staples Center.
January 3, 2010 |
His big moment came in the third quarter when the Lakers were trying to whittle away at a 15-point halftime deficit. His time came in the third when the Lakers needed somebody to make a push, to be an offensive force. Lamar Odom stepped into the void, scoring 12 of his season-high 20 points in the quarter, helping the Lakers pull out a 109-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at Staples Center. Much of the credit will go to Kobe Bryant, who made a three-point basket as time expired to give the Lakers the victory.
November 21, 2009 |
Lamar Odom wasn't entirely thrilled when he found out he was no longer a starter last year in training camp, saying Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was "out of his . . . mind" for making him come off the bench. Times change, people mature and championships get won. Now it's Odom who approached Jackson about returning to the second unit, seemingly eager to go back to reserve status after 11 games as a starter during Pau Gasol's absence. "He came to me about a week and a half ago and said, 'You know that bench really needs me on the floor with them,' " Jackson said Thursday.
October 18, 2009 |
Down one starter and then down the backup to that starter because of an injury, the Lakers were forced to use a smaller starting lineup Saturday night in an exhibition game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. With power forward Lamar Odom unable to play because of a bruise on his lower right leg, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson started guard Shannon Brown in the backcourt with Derek Fisher . Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest started at the forward spots and Andrew Bynum started at center.
October 13, 2009 |
Not much new in Lamar Odom's life, other than a reality-TV star wife, a $33-million contract extension and daily games of hide-and-seek with the ever-present paparazzi. A year ago, Odom was angry when Coach Phil Jackson said the Lakers forward would be a backup instead of a starter. That's the least of his concerns now. He still has reserve status, but no longer single status after marrying Khloe Kardashian about two weeks ago, a move that shifted him from the inside pages of sports magazines to the covers of supermarket tabloids across the country.
September 27, 2009 |
As the Lakers' Lamar Odom prepares to wed Khloe Kardashian today here in L.A., let me propose a little toast to the bride and groom: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!!!! ARE YOU BOTH DRUNK? YOU'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER, WHAT, 10 MINUTES? GIVE IT AN HOUR! GIVE IT A DAY!!! OK, I feel better now. Sometimes it's good to get things off your chest. We're happy for you kids, we really are. After all, everybody knows athletes make the best husbands. They are selfless, caring people. Just ask any bouncer or street cop. To you, Khloe, we offer only our best wishes.
July 14, 2009 |
Lamar Odom sounded frustrated and hopeful at the same time. He sounded frustrated he hasn't been able to come to terms with the Lakers on a contract. But he sounded hopeful he and the Lakers will get a deal done. At the end of the day, Odom was asked, does he expect to be back playing for the Lakers next season? "I don't know," Odom told The Times in a phone interview. "That's why there are negotiations. I don't know. Of course I hope they can get it done. "It's negotiations.
June 13, 2009 |
Television analyst and former NBA player Kenny Smith is now working for NBA TV during the NBA Finals and serving as a guest columnist for the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel. -- I used to say I was the only guy in Queens with a championship ring. In the modern-day era, I was the only guy with a ring. Speedy Claxton then had one for being on the Spurs and now Lamar Odom, with the Lakers, could be next . . . or the Magic's Rafer Alston.
June 10, 2009 |
The string of memorable games for Lamar Odom finally came to an end. The Lakers' reserve forward had 11 points and only two rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. He was a main factor as the Lakers took the first two games against Orlando, but he didn't have much of an impact Tuesday in the Lakers' 108-104 loss.