The Los Angeles Clippers traded for Lamar Odom this off-season, hoping to get the player that was once named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award winner, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010-2011 season. Well, since the first day of training camp the Clippers have got the complete opposite of that player and continue to wait for his return.
Last season, Odom had his worst year as a professional basketball player while playing for the Dallas Mavericks, averaging just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. It was a tough year for Odom overall, dealing with some personal issues off of the basketball court. When he was traded to the Clippers this summer many people thought that he would return to form, coming back to Los Angeles where he has spent 11 of his 13 NBA seasons. It turns out that his comfort level towards the city might have been a little bit too comfortable.
He came into training camp overweight and out of shape. (He is even having trouble Keeping Up With The Kardashians.) The Clippers couldn’t have been happy with what they saw during that first day of camp. This was a guy that they thought was going to be more motivated than ever this season and from the looks of it he couldn’t be more unmotivated. It’s just the preseason right now, but the Clippers have held him out of the last three games because he isn’t in basketball shape.
However, Odom did play in the first three preseason games, averaging 17.0 minutes, 2.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. He just didn’t look like anything close to what he once was. It was honestly hard for me to watch since I’ve seen this guy play at a very high level for the majority of his career.
The Clippers aren’t willing to give up on a guy who’s set to make $8.2 million this season. They are taking it slow with Odom, waiting patiently for him to get back into basketball shape. That’s probably the right thing to do, but it will be up to him to decide if he wants to get back to the player that he once was.
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