Lakerman JSJ wrote:lotus wrote:Lakerman JSJ wrote:lotus wrote:Odom should have been trade 2 years ago. We'd probably have a championship by now.
That's a silly statement. For all his shortcomings, he was a main reason we got to the Finals this season. Once the Gasol deal was done, we needed Odom at the 4 desperately. Who else starts if we don't have Odom? Ronny?
Anyway, he's probably gone because of his expiring contract and poor fit on this team, but he shouldn't be completely dumped on upon his exit. He did some good things for us too.
Not silly. Laker fans have been hanging on to his so called "potential" since he's been here and he's never lived up to it.
Now you want to say he's the reason we got to the Finals? Well, you can say that about a few players (see Fisher and Gasol).
No one said he's made a zero contribution, but it was obvious that he wasn't going to be there when most needed. I'm not impressed with his box scores when it's based on inconsistent play, and not showing up when it got tough in the Finals and some of the playoffs.
I said he was a main reason, not THE main reason. I agree that you could say that about a number of players.
I'm all moving Odom for the reasons you laid out, but your original statement that we "probably already have won a championship" had we already traded Odom was a silly exaggeration.
Adding "silly" to characterizing my statement is an exaggeration on your part. If Odom had been traded for Artest, or some other mystery player that could be attained for LO's contract money, it is not a stretch to say we would have won the championship this year.
If Artest, and not Odom, were in our starting 5 against Boston, I'm sure that would have made a world of difference. That's a man vs. a stoned out teenager (who is of adult age).