Kobe Lamar Odom

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Kobe Lamar Odom, As someone whose life revolves around covering games that we learned to obsess over as children, I understand that perspective is in short supply in the field of detailing for a living and loving for a lifestyle the art of pro basketball.

With that in place, I cannot understand the motivation for wanting to boo the crap out of a slumping millionaire athlete with his own reality TV show, a guy who has gotten to play in either Los Angeles or Miami for the duration of his 12-year professional career before last December, and someone who plays a style of ball so gorgeous and engaging that the game seems to come effortlessly to him.

It’s still stupid to boo Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom, though. And former teammate Kobe Bryant agrees, as the two took to the court as opponents on Wednesday night. “That’s,” Kobe said, referring to the boos Odom heard during Dallas’ blowout loss to the Lakers, “just stupidity.” Bryant went on, as quoted by ESPN Dallas:

“It’s tough,” Bryant said. “He comes to a team that’s pretty much set, you know what I mean? So it’s hard for him to find his niche. The fans, they don’t really understand what he does or how he can do it, you know what I mean?”

Yeah, we do. On every level, it’s easy to understand where the fans are coming from. Lamar Odom was signed to a very expensive contract in 2009 to act as a relative luxury for the Lakers; a sixth man making second-option cash. But because the Lakers are strangely scared of the luxury tax, the team dealt him for absolutely nothing last December, throwing both Odom and GM Mitch Kupchak (who you know did not want to make a deal that would cripple his team’s already-nonexistent depth) to the wolves in an attempt to explain away Odom’s fragile emotions in the wake of an agreed-upon but eventually squashed deal that would deal Lamar to New Orleans in a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers.

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