Why Lamar Odom Rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers is a Perfect Move

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The last few seasons have been tough for Lamar Odom, who averaged just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 50 games for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 and four points and 5.9 rebounds in 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

In my opinion, Odom’s best chance to turn things around is to continue playing in the same building, only for a new team.

He needs to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers.

Some people, including one of my colleagues, feel that the 33-year-old free agent forward has no business signing with one of the most historic franchises in sports, but I disagree. After all, Odom was just as much a part of Kobe Bryant‘s supporting cast when the Lakers won back-to-back NBA championships in 2009 and 2010 as Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were.

Fisher and Bynum are no longer in Los Angeles, while Gasol and Bryant are aging members of one of the league’s oldest rosters, with the latter still recovering from surgery. He had to repair a torn Achilles tendon less than four months ago.

In seven seasons with the Lakers from 2004-10, Odom averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. After starting every game that he played in during his first four seasons in L.A., the 6’10”, 230 pounder came off the bench for much of his final three years in town, becoming one of the NBA’s premier sixth men.

He may have lost a step or two, but Odom is still capable of giving the Lakers 20-25 minutes off the bench, and both he and several of his former teammates would probably be comfortable having him fill such a role once again.

Josh McKinney is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network  on Google.

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  • Jim213

    Good perspective, someone who uses their brain as opposed to your colleague. All the dumb analyst’s also believed that Nate Robinson wouldn’t have been a good pick up for the Lakers given the cap. Guess what dummies he went cheap… shows what them illiterates know especially since he would’ve been a good Kobe insurance policy to help hold the fort down while Kobe returns to full strength (optimistic).

    However, getting back to Odom the team currently lacks chemistry and experience so what would it hurt to sign Lamar to a 1 yr extension? Although, I believe he’d end up proving naysayers wrong but the worst thing that could come out of this is Lamar not getting an extension the following season.

    It’s still about wins and losses and Lamar will help the team immensely especially since he’s been involved in Kobe’s 61, 81, point games aside of the 2 championships (chemistry). Both these players IMO would’ve helped propel the team to the bottom of the possible contender list given the experience they bring. But given clumsy management moves this past season it’s very likely that we’d be expecting too much from Jim Bust and M Kupcake come 2014 FA.

  • Orville Godby

    Odom and Gasol were money together. AND Kobi liked him and we all know thats very very important. Sounds like a win win situation if the Lakers can get him.