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Time to re-sign, Lamar

Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:34 am
 
A few weeks ago when Ron Artest decided to sign with the Lakers, one of the first things out of his mouth was this: "I know Lamar Odom, so that's pretty cool."

Artest and Odom have known each other since they were kids growing up in Queens, playing in the playgrounds and on AAU teams. As much as Artest wanted to sign with the Lakers -- even saying he'd "play there for nothing" -- it is unfathomable that he would've made such a bold career move without knowing L.O. would be on board.

This is why the posturing, the rejected offers, and the offers taken off the table over the past few weeks have been so puzzling. Well, puzzling isn't the right word. I never -- ever -- begrudge athletes, entertainers, finance people, or anybody else when they try to get paid. That is their right and that is how the game is played. An athlete's career is a nanosecond, and they should make as much money as humanly possible. You would do the same thing. So would I.

But the time has come for Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to recognize that the market is what it is for a player who might just be the best sixth man in the NBA -- but one who, nonetheless, has never made so much as an All-Star team or led the league in any major statistical category. Odom wears his heart on his sleeve and the address of the South Jamaica home where he grew up on the tongues of his sneakers. The dirty secret that Lakers management has known throughout this process is that Odom's heart is in L.A. That's where he and his sneakers belong, too.

Miami? Nice place. No state income tax. Great teammate to play with in Dwyane Wade. But adding Odom wouldn't put the Heat any closer to a title than the Lakers would be if they re-signed him. Portland? The Blazers certainly have the cap space after losing out on Hedo Turkoglu and Paul Millsap, but Portland doesn't feel like the right fit for Odom.

In my mind, the only place besides L.A. that would've made sense for Odom was Boston. But the Celtics struck early in the free-agent period and signed Rasheed Wallace for a fraction of what Odom is seeking.

There will be no hard feelings on either side when, I predict, Odom relents and accepts a three-year deal from the Lakers for somewhere north of $30 million. Derek Fisher is on record saying, "We want him back badly and I hope we can accomplish that in the next couple days." Kobe Bryant is on record saying he's "optimistic" that Odom will return to the Lakers. It is time for those recruiting efforts and optimism to become reality.

Some people whose names end in two G's don't like Lamar Odom. They're stuck in their wistful thinking about how good he could've been if he'd applied himself or if he wanted to be one of the top five players of his era. Odom certainly has that kind of talent. But he was born to be a wingman, and life's challenges have only solidified that niche for him. The Lakers are the perfect team for him, and he for them. It's time to stop posturing and put pen to paper with the Lakers. I refuse to believe that Fisher, Bryant, and Artest will let him do anything different. If Odom knows what's good for him -- if he knows where he's wanted and where he belongs -- then he'll listen.

Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 10:52 pm
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

I agree. Him and Gary PArrish are one of the best writers I've seen anywhere, be it FOX, ESPN, Washington Post, LA. Times, etc. They're very crafty in their craft.



Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 11:46 am
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

WOW!!! NEVER IN ONE REPLY HAVE I SEEN SOMEONE GET THERE _$$ RIPPED SO THOROUGHLY!  I MEAN WOW... BOSSHOG YOU MIGHT NEVER WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER POST AGAIN.  SO MANY FACTS... THANK YOU I REALLY ENJOYED THE POST!

GO LAKESHOW



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:10 am
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

WHY WOULD HE WANNA PLAY ON A LOSING TEAM WITH 0 SHOT AT A RING  WHEN U COULD BE A BACK2BACK CHAMP???



Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:00 am
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

You're right. Kobe should not take a paycut for anyone. As much as Odom is important to this team, its equally important to ensure that your team leader is too. But that would mean balancing his desire to retain Odom (he wanted Ariza to stay too, but that's another story) and to keep paying him the money he deserves. If anyone should bring up the topic of Bryant taking a paycut, its Bryant himself.

In the interview with Magic on "Being Kobe Bryant," Bryant was asked  about what it would mean to win a championship with this group and he was clear in mentioning the maturity of his players, including Odom and Vujacic. He also went on to say "gimme one more championship, just one more". Im sure he wants more than just one more. He's got his longawaited ring post-2002. Now, he must be the torch bearer of this franchise for atleast 5-6 more years, remain competitive, and ensure the core group of players responsible for the title run(s) remains intact. (Gasol, Fisher, Odom).

I really hope Odom resigns and tho it irks me to watch him eat so much of attention and have the spotlight on him for so long when tis unnecessary, I would forget all the childish tantrums if he resigns. Nothing destroys a team like the lack of chemistry. I felt similar pain when Ronny Turiaf left for Golden State.



Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2009 8:49 pm
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

I read this other story in regards to Lamar and his contract that was interesting if anyone else wants to take a look at it. It involves Lamar and how he shouldn't sign the offered contracted based on  performance and decline of play.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 7:03 pm
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

LAKERS RESIGN ODOM ITS A DONE DEAL NO COMING BACK TO THE PACK !



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 7:01 pm
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

ODOM RESIGNS WITH LAKERS :)




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Time to re-sign, Lamar

Your undying loyalty to LA is bothersome to everyone on this website besides people from LA. Please refrain from making these opinionated stories that tell nothing besides that you want your favorite player on your favorite team.Sure miamiwade's... When you stop writing posts the rest of us Lakers fans disagree with, we'll stop writing ours.

Just because you don't like what you read, doesn't mean you get to tell us to shutup, and censor our posts. If you don't like them, don't read them, or rate them low.

As far as Berger... When was it written that writers can't offer their opinions? Ohhhhhhhhh, when it runs counter to what you want to hear or see? When it indicates a prime player should sign with a team you don't root for? Now I get it.

By the way... Berger is only suggesting what most normal NBA fans are suggesting... Except of course for Heat fans. Lamar Odom, if he is smart, will re-sign with the Lakers. Why? Because he has the absolute best closer in the game (Sorry Lebron, you are very good, but we all "witnessed" what happend to you during the heavy pressure of the playoffs. Maybe you should have spent more time working on those pressure moments rather than your in-game baseball and video mimes?); because he's played in that system for several years now; because the Lakers just got better by signing Ron Artest; because the Heat aren't winning any titles anytime soon; because the Lakers afford Lamar a much better shot at another title (or three) than the Heat; because the Heat are actually considering picking up Allen Iverson... ewwwwwwwww. Need I list anything further?

The best move for LO is to stay with the Lakers, and in doing so, he would have a legitimate shot at a couple of more titles.

Is that plain enough for you, dmubwades? If you don't like it, rate it low!!Laughing

Sweet 16 in 2010.

Peace.
 


nickyc816
Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2009 1:07 pm
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Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2009 11:47 am
 

Berger

Your undying loyalty to LA is bothersome to everyone on this website besides people from LA. Please refrain from making these opinionated stories that tell nothing besides that you want your favorite player on your favorite team.


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