Lamar Odom D League
March 3, 2012 by staff
Lamar Odom D League, Just hours away from reporting to the Texas Legends for their game against the Austin Toros, ESPN sources claim that Lamar Odom will instead report directly to the Dallas Mavericks to help them battle the Utah Jazz tonight.
Coach Rick Carlisle, fed up with the 6-10 forward’s consistent game absences — 4 in a row — announced that the “Khloe and Lamar” celebreality star will play for the Texas Legends Saturday night when they suit up against the Austin Toros. Odom is expected to re-join the Mavs on Monday when they travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.
When he comes back, we’re going to find out very quickly where things are at,” Carlisle said during his weekly appearance Friday on the ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Galloway & Co.” “He’s going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he’s in.”
Carlisle also made it very clear that the eyes of the Mavs outspoken, no-holds barred owner, Mark Cuban, will be trained on Odom when he returns:
Mark asks a fundamental question of anybody in our franchise: Are they in or are they not in?” Carlisle said. “Our fans want to know that Lamar’s in. Our players want to know that Lamar’s in. It’s not about how many points he’s scoring or rebounds; those things are a factor. Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven’t seen that so far and that’s got to change.”
Though there’s a lot of grumbling amongst many of Odom’s team-mates, a huge switch for someone who was once considered the “most popular player in our locker room,” according to Lakers’ General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, NBA vet, point guard Jason Kidd remains supportive of Odom:
Trust factor is always big,” Kidd told ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon after Friday morning’s shootaround. “For that, he’s going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play.”
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