Lamar Odom: Odom’s D-League Demotion

March 3, 2012 by staff 

Lamar Odom: Odom’s D-League Demotion, In what is easily the biggest demotion for a celebrated player of his kind in NBA history, Dallas Mavericks forward (and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year award-winner) Lamar Odom has been sent to the D-League to work his way back into both mental and physical playing shape. Odom, who has never gotten over being nearly traded to the New Orleans Hornets from the Los Angeles Lakers last December, is suffering through a miserable year and will spend at least one game with the Mavs’ D-League affiliate in Frisco, Texas. There, he’ll be asked to work with former NBA coach Del Harris while playing with the Texas Legends, in hopes of getting his game and head straight following a miserable start to the 2011-12 season.

Odom left the Mavericks last week to care for his ailing father in Los Angeles, and though that absence was excused, his poor play since joining the defending champions has not been. Just one year after acting as the deciding force in several Laker wins, Odom reported to camp out of shape and has looked sluggish and uninterested in most Mavs games. Even though Lamar hit 32 years of age last November, that doesn’t excuse his complete inability to finish around the rim, and it’s deadening to ardent NBA fans to watch what might be the NBA’s most gifted 6-10 forward betray his considerable all-around skills on a team that could clearly do great things with those skills at full mast.

The time spent away from Dallas over the All-Star break, paired with his stint in the D-League (before hopefully returning to the Mavericks next week), will hopefully fix this. This doesn’t, sadly, take away from how unprecedented a move this is.

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