Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby KB24 on Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:36 pm

Lakers' Odom fights way into shape

By Elliott Teaford, Staff Writer
Updated: 10/01/2009 12:02:15 AM PDT

EL SEGUNDO - Lamar Odom was hazy on a few of the details Wednesday afternoon.

He began boxing for conditioning about two months ago.

Somewhere on the Westside. Maybe at the corner of La Cienega and Pico?

Training with a Terry somebody or other.

Every other day during the offseason.

"I needed something combative," he said. "I was thinking about defense. It's all footwork. I'm staying in there. I'm not a (wimp) anymore. It just made me think of competing at the highest level and that's one-on-one. Warriors.

"I'm just waiting for someone to act up a little bit. I'm going to sneak one in at a real close range. Nah, I would never fight on the court. It's all about footwork. I want to become a better defensive player."

The bottom line is that Odom reported to training camp in excellent shape, better than at any time since Phil Jackson has been the Lakers' coach. Jackson has criticized Odom's lack of fitness in the past, but praised him Wednesday.

Kind of. Sort of.

"I don't know what that was all about," Jackson said when asked about Odom's boxing regime. "But it's probably the only time he's worked out in the offseason since I've been here. Oh, I shouldn't say that. He had injuries two or three of those years. He had surgeries, but he is in better shape than he's been in before.

"It's something. He could have done Tai-chi or whatever and been better off than he's been the past few years, bettern than just playing golf."

Certainly, no one would have blamed Odom for blowing off a little steam, hitting a heavy bag while trying to forget about protracted negotiations on a new contract last summer. He said he dabbled in boxing for other reasons, however.

In fact, he signed a four-year, $32-million contract, then starting boxing.

"First of all, I love the sport," he explained. "I was, like, following it. When you look at those guys, it looks like they're in pretty good shape. You're strong from your ankles to your neck, right? Boom, take a punch."

Wait, there was more.

The left-handed Odom also boxed in an attempt to improve his right hand.

"Then I was thinking about the whole muscle-memory thing," he added. "If I can knock you out, boom, with my right hand, I've got to be able to make a layup with my right hand. Just training my body, training the right side of my body."


thank you Lamar :bow:
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby TT24 on Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:48 pm

Hmm... And I saw some posts that said Lamar was probably slacking and not working hard.

And that's great to know. I just hope he can stay healthy. Lamar has been playing through injuries and pain through out his career with LA.
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby Center Court on Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:28 pm

the dynasty has begun..

Kobe
Pau
Ron
Lamar
Fish
Bynum

all came in better shape, healthier, and happier then ever.
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby BDG on Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:37 pm

Crazy that a good 75% of training camp coverage has been centered around LO this year.
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby Weezy on Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:37 am

I believe it, he looks to be in good shape in all the pics and video I've seen of him so far.
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby JSM on Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:01 am

Weezy wrote:I believe it, he looks to be in good shape in all the pics and video I've seen of him so far.

Besides looking tired on Media Day, he's looking good out there. He's in great spirits, I think a lot of that has to do with Ron and Khloe. Hopefully he brings his A game when the end of the month rolls around.
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby Jellybean on Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:39 am

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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby cthroatgtr on Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:35 pm

Actually the conditioning was a byproduct of running for the paparazzi. They will get you in shape in a hurry!
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby KB24 on Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:55 am

cthroatgtr wrote:Actually the conditioning was a byproduct of running for the paparazzi. They will get you in shape in a hurry!
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Re: Phil: Lamar in best shape as a Laker

Postby DJ-RaZ-Q#24 on Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:25 am

Well this team will be able to do this fourpeat - this year we'll just roll over everybody :jam2:
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