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Lamar Odom Considered Taking a Year Off Basketball, Upset with Media

Lamar Odom had such a difficult summer he says he considered taking a year off basketball to get his mind straight. Some of the issues affecting his mental state were the July murder of his cousin, and the car crash he was in that killed a pedestrian. He says he was really close to taking a year off before his wife, Khloe, convinced him to continue playing.

“I was asking myself: ‘Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn’t play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?’ I had thought, ‘Maybe I need a year.’ Because of the lockout, I thought, ‘Maybe somebody’s sending me a sign that I needed this time off.’

“(But) when I told some of my friends and my family that I was thinking about steppin’ back for a minute, I think the reaction from the closest people to me kind of gave me the energy to get back at it.”

One would question if Odom is mentally ready for the season through the first 13 games. The answer is probably no. He’s setting career low numbers in every statistical category. The poor play is no surprise; Odom was nearly in tears when he first learned he was being traded. He’s also upset with the media’s reaction to his poor play.

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Lamar Odom Felt Disrespected By Lakers Handling of Him

By blocking more than one Chris Paul trade proposal, David Stern and the NBA owners have done more than just annoy CP3. They have strained relationships between a number of players and their ownership groups across the league.  Professional athletes know they are part of a business, but that doesn’t make being told to pack your bags any easier — especially when you’re told to pack them and then unpack them within a few hours.  As he expressed last week, Lamar Odom was particularly bothered by the Lakers attempt to trade him for Paul.  On Tuesday, he said he felt disrespected by the Lakers.

“That’s not where I wanted to be,” Odom said when asked about going to New Orleans according to the Orange County Register. “No disrespect to anybody on that team or the city or the ownership. But it’s not a place that I wanted to be after playing for the Lakers, a team that contends for a championship. That’s what you expect to be around. It was hard for me to picture myself there starting over.

“I felt a little disrespected. After being here for so long and going through so many things, I felt like they could have just told me and I probably would have accepted it. If someone is telling you that you can’t be here or there’s no more room for you, you got to understand that. I think because it’s just how they did it is the reason why I took it so personal.”

The Lakers were obviously looking out for their own interests in not informing Lamar his name was being included in trade discussions.  They probably didn’t want to upset him if the trade ended up falling through, but in this age of media and technology there are no secrets.  As a result, Odom ended up wanting to be traded and now some of his teammates are upset.  Had the initial trade not been blocked, I doubt someone like Kobe Bryant would be upset that the Lakers added CP3.  We can all thank David Stern for the confusion.  On the bright side, Odom’s new coach is a fan of his wife.

Rick Carlisle Says Khloe Kardashian is His Favorite Kardashian

When a new player comes to town, it’s obviously important that he and his coach get along.  The relationship between a player and coach can determine whether or not a smooth transition is in order, but with someone like Lamar Odom there’s more to it.  Considering Odom is not only a celebrity in the sporting world but also a celebrity in Hollywood, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle needs to get along with his wife as well.  As we all know, Odom is married to a Kardashian.  That’s like being a part of a royal family, right?

“I will say this: Khloe’s my favorite Kardashian” Carlisle said according to the Dallas Morning News. “She’s the coolest. Carlisle was then asked if he’d go on the Kardashian’s show, to which he replied: “I’ve never been one to rule anything out. I would guess it would be a long shot to be asked.”

Rick keeps up with the Kardashians?  I never would have guessed that.  He obviously isn’t basing his opinion on looks, but that’s alright. At least he and Lamar can get off on the right foot.  If Odom feels like he isn’t thrilled with show business like he said before, maybe Carlisle can stand in for a few episodes.  You can tell he’s fishing around for an invite.

Kobe Bryant on Lamar Odom Trade: I Don’t Like it

Kobe Bryant may not have wanted to see Lamar Odom go when the Lakers traded the forward to the Hornets, but at least they were getting Chris Paul in return. After the NBA canceled that deal for “basketball reasons,” the Lakers dealt Odom to the Mavericks for a first-round pick and a trade exception. Bryant is not happy about the deal.

“I don’t like it,” Bryant said Sunday. “I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint. He’s great at bringing guys together and things of that nature.

“I trust management knows what they’re doing. I let them do their jobs, I never get in the way but it’s tough. You’re talking about sixth man of the year last year. He played lights out.”

Bryant said he didn’t understand the criticism of Lamar Odom’s appearance on a reality show, pointing out how well Odom played last year. He was especially upset that the Lakers traded Odom to the Mavericks, who knocked the Lakers out of the playoffs and are the defending champs.

One has to figure the Odom trade will lead to another deal, but it’s hard to guess what the Lakers’ front office has in mind. After they saw Odom’s emotional breakdown once the Hornets trade was announced, I’m guessing they figured they could not look back and had to deal him.

Khloe Kardashian Willing to Relocate if Lamar Odom is Traded. Awwww…

For a couple of hours or so on Thursday, it appeared Lamar Odom was heading to New Orleans. That would mean leaving the Hollywood lifestyle behind. Well, for the most part. Anytime you’re married to a Kardashian the cameras are going to find you, but naturally upon hearing the news about the trade we were all concerned about one thing: Odom’s marriage with Khloe Kardashian.

According to TMZ.com, we can rest easy knowing that if Lamar gets shipped out of town Khloe is going with him.

We’re told Khloe would follow Lamar anywhere … but she would feel especially comfortable in New Orleans because the family spent TONS of time there when Kim was dating former Saints running back Reggie Bush … and she already has a bunch of friends who live in town.

We already knew Odom was very distraught when he thought he was leaving L.A., and he could still be traded.  Despite all the mean things he may have said about growing tired of the reality show, I’m sure Lamar feels a little better now knowing that Khloe will be able to survive even if it means leaving Hollywood.

Audio: Lamar Odom Nearly in Tears During Interview After Learning of Trade

Lakers forward Lamar Odom was the subject of a trade report Thursday afternoon, and he was heartbroken at the thought of being forced to leave Los Angeles.

Odom and Pau Gasol were traded from the Lakers to the Hornets for Chris Paul in a deal that was also supposed to involve the Houston Rockets. The league canceled the trade at the urging of several owners, but it may still go through at a later date. If that happens, you can count on Lamar to be pretty disconsolate.

During an interview on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles Thursday, Odom was nearly in tears when discussing the trade.

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Los Angeles Lakers Should Look to Past on how to Fix Team for Future

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum killed the Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Artest is a mess. Lamar Odom could net L.A. some great pieces. The Lakers should trade for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. It’s the only chance L.A. has to ever win another title again. That’s the only way Mitch Kupchak and Dr. Jerry Buss can fix the Lakers in the offseason!”

Seems ludicrous? Nonsense! This is Hollywood and there are no limits to one’s imagination, regardless of how asinine and improbable the notions may be.

You think I’m making this up? I wish I were this crazy creative. Unfortunately, I’m not but I do happen to live in Los Angeles, where what seems to be the End Of Days was triggered when the Dallas Mavericks, a very capable team, swept the Lakers out of the playoffs in the second round. As soon as the season ended, the chaos began. Just tune in to any LA sports radio station and listen for yourself. Laker fans are going crazy with their opinions on how to “fix” the Lakers thinking of every conceivable method except for the most obvious and correct one.

The best way to “fix” the Lakers is by hiring a good coach to replace Phil Jackson. Then they need to find nice young point guard and a wing or two that can shoot the long ball — chicks dig the long ball.

But the core of this team? You absolutely do not mess around with this core. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom aren’t just vital; they should be considered untouchable.

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