I understand the Lakers have many issues at the moment....effective and consistent scoring, black hole at the PG position, impotent bench, sporadic injuries, etc. However, I also believe that the TEAM is missing Lamar Odom perhaps more than many of us either realize or are willing to admit.
When he got traded, I was shocked and dismayed like many fans, but also kinda understood after the failed Chris Paul fiasco. Things were probably never going to work again for the Lakers and Lamar. Nonetheless, like many fans I'm presuming, I was cautiously optimistic that the team could rebound from the loss of Odom and the Paul fiasco with a new Coach, some new bench players, Bynum looking good, a couple of promising rookies etc.
I can now admit that the TEAM is clearly missing Lamar's presence. Not just his scoring, not just his rebounding, not just his facilitating and unselfish play, not just his 6th Man-ishness (LOL) - but perhaps more than anything, his effect on team chemistry and the fact that he was almost every Laker's favorite Laker and lockeroom guy. Right now our team has ZERO bench and Mick Brown appears to be in denial about the need to set a bench rotation and stick to it and seems content to just keep experimenting with a different bench unit almost every game. His idea of installing MWP as our new 6th Man has clearly failed. Time to move on Mike. He doesn't seem to want to play Murphy much, seems to have doomed Ebanks and also seems reluctant to play Walton who at least knows how to play the game. Blake missing is really hurting also.
So all of this has heightened the impact of losing Lamar. Aside from the brilliance of Kobe, the calming presence of Fisher (even though wow!! he has declined so badly on the floor) and the promise of Bynum - I think the Lakers are REALLY missing Lamar Odom
Apologies if I sound like Captain Obvious by stating this, but just felt like it needed to be said.
ESPN/ABC Commentator, GSW Coach and NBA Legend Mark Jackson on Kobe Bryant
'No disrespect to Kyra Sedgwick, but damn he is The Closer'
'Mamma, there goes that man'