rydjorker121 wrote:On Monday, August 25, 2003, I was just about pissed off here and there. For one thing, I don't like Lamar Odom. His attitude, for one thing. First of all he said that he wanted to stay in LA because he saw all these Clipper Lamar Odom jerseys in LA, which I wear one every day too>>>then he starts getting pissed off at the whole organization.
No, don't get me wrong, y'all, I used to LOVE Odom: although he wanted to be drafted by Miami but an unfortunate mistake for his part put him in the Clips, he is a great lefty shooter at 6'10" and is very versatile, playing all positions except center (maybe he can play that, I'm not sure). I loved his athleticism, his dunks,and his perimeter game. His long arms were also great at D, and I really thought that he would shine--hopefully with the Clips one day.
But Odom would have gotten more recognition throughout the NBA and through this year's offseason, if only he had the willingness to play harder and to stop doing all this crap offcourt. I mean, drugs and all and being suspended for blahblah won't cut it for the fans. Dude, he's also injury-prone. That's a huge setback, but I still didn't regret it all this time. I always thought that he would learn from his mistakes and help the Clips shine, in clutch situations along with Elton Brand.
He only played a combined 76 games for the past two seasons, but still his contributions for far better than off the court. I can see why Donald Sterling loved him, even if he didn't know a goddamn thing about basketball: versatility and able to do anything in the game. Although Odom's numbers dropped this season because he struggled to release the presence of point guard Andre Miller come later in the season (whenever Odom played before Andre came, he mainly initiated the offense--shows that the Clips lacked a good point guard before they got Miller). I think this setback not only caused Lamr's assists to fall from 5.9 to 3.6, but also his scoring and offensive production. Remember the 2001-2002 Clips which featured explosive Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson--along with Elton Brand, Olowokandi and all those other meshes of talented players? I loved those Clippers now. I loved those Clippers like hell. Now, it's different. I know that I've wrote a lot of Clipper articles before, and the most recent one featured Donald Sterling willing to spent his money on hard-prized free agents.
In fact, the Clips almost got Gilbert Arenas this offseason, only have the so-called L.A. Lover join the likes of the Warriors instead. That sucks, like hell. Although the Clips had a "productive" offseason by far from the previous ones this season, Lamar knew that by the end of this season, he wanted to say, "Screw the Clips. I need some fresh players to play with." I don't know if Lamar wants to win, he must be obsessed with Pat Riley or something. I mean, isn't the Miami Heat a hell of a losing team? That doesn't look like it's gonna change this offseason, and Lamar's just pissed off the Clippers didn't show any faith for him at all this season.
I think Lamar's going in the wrong direction. He's not learning his lessons, especially with his latest blurt-out of saying that he directly hated the Clippers. Did Elton Brand or Corey Maggette do that? No. They were NBA products, warriors who knew how to handle business. It doesn't matter which team a player belongs in. It doesn't matter whether it's a bad or good city. Every player needs to try their best, prove their skills, on and off the court. Too bad Lamar's not obeying the rules. The Clips definitely had a right not to match his offer--not because of his game, but because of his lack of intelligence.
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