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Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:18 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:29 am
By Matt Moore

"This is a business." 

That phrase is used more in professional sports each year than "I just want to thank God," "take it one game at a time," and "both teams played hard" all combined. It's like professional athletes, coaches, and management can never get tired of informing the world that they get paid to do this. And amazingly, that's supposed to explain away any and all decisions. 

And for Lamar Odom, it's just not us.

Odom was so hurt when it leaked that he had been traded to the New Orleans Hornets from the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal for Chris Paul that was blocked by the league, he met with general manager Mitch Kupchak last weekend and requested a trade. Kupchak obliged by trading him to the world champion Dallas Mavericks for a traded player exception in what is being described as a "cash dump." Few believe that's the end to the Lakers' angle considering their remarkable ability to make moves to reload at a moment's notice. But the result is the same. Odom is no longer a Laker after six years, and he's not feeling good about it. On Tuesday he revealed exactly how he feels about it.  
"This is the place I wanted to be,'' he said. "After I realized that I most likely wasn't going to be there, dallas was the one place where I thought I would be a great fit.''

Was he surprised the Lakers accommodated him?

"I think when you think about it, that kind of says it all,'' he said. "I guess it was just time from their standpoint I guess they just felt like to hell with it.''

"I told (Lakers management) that I'd be thankful if he could work with my agent, my representation so I could play for a team like the Mavs.

"It was just like overnight he told me they wanted to move me to New Orleans and we didn't feel like that was in our best interest.

"And how they did it. It wasn't about going to New Orleans, it was just about how they did it. I felt a little disrespected after being (in LA) for so long and going through so many things I felt like they could have just told me and I probably would have accepted it. If someone is telling you that you can't be here or there's no more room for you, you got to understand that. I think because it's just how they did it is the reason why I took it so personal.''
via Lamar Odom: Hard part just starting for Mavericks | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning

So yeah, pretty sure Jim Buss won't be getting a Christmas card from the Kardashians this year. Odom is not, did not, will not take this well. He was comfortable in L.A., it fit with his lifestyle, with his wife's lifestyle, with his general celebrity pursuits. He's in Dallas, playing for a contender, but beating L.A. may be just as high on his list of priorities. 

Kobe Bryant and other Lakers responded to the trade and Odom's feelings on it later Tuesday:  
“Yeah. I know about that whole process. Not knowing about coach Brown and so forth and so on. But the Lakers do things a certain way. This is the way that they do it, and you can’t take it personally. This is how they do business."

On whether he gets Odom feeling “disrespected"

“Yeah. You want to be told things before they obviously come out in public. Somebody that wins a couple championships with you, you’d think that’s what would happen. But it’s nothing personal. This is the way they go about doing it.”

"Lamar is a sensitive guy, though. Takes a lot of things personally. He won’t see it that way... You take it how you take it. But they’ve done it to him, they’ve done it to me, they’ve done it to Brian Shaw. It’s nothing personal, it’s just how they handle it… You can’t take it personally.”
via Lakers react to Lamar Odom feeling disrespected - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles.

A nice parting gift from Kobe, a crack about Odom's sensitivity. It remains to be seen whether Odom can fit into the Mavericks' locker room, a tight knit group that had beef with Odom and the Lakers last year during and after its sweep of the L.A. in the second round.

But one thing is for certain. Lamar Odom knows just how much of a business it is, and got a taste of why so many former players aren't close with the Lakers' organization. No one is bigger than the logo in L.A.. You can count your rings, but when the time comes, you'll have to count them somewhere else.

Now it's Odom's turn to see if he can exact a little revenge.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:05 pm

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

I'm not sure what these "It's a business" arguments are trying to convey. Hey, I work for a business and I don't expect much, but I think communication and respect from the people I work for are reasonable expectations in return for years of service and a good work ethic. Sure, Odom wouldn't be happy about being traded either way - who here wants to move when you're happy where you are? - but it appears it was the lack of communication that really bothered him. Again, I don't blame him at all.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:46 pm

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

I will never understand this trade. Why not send him to an Eastern team for a nice young player? Someone like the Nets? Or hold onto him until Paul and Howard are off the market. Odom could have been a great piece for a third team in either of these trades.

Dallas became stronger, Lakers lost a trade chip. Now let's see LA sort this mess out.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:34 pm

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

if this is a business as it is why send odom to the team he requested? so odom was headed to NO and he knew nothing about it, but now he chooses where he goes? l think not. odom had no more choice to go to dallas then he had to NO. the lakers choose new coach without even talking to kobe, so why send the 4th best player on team to his #1 choice. the lakers would not help dallas unless they have a master plan ahead. we the public have no knowledge of the lakers intentions. soon when its time for kobe to hit road he wont see it coming either. good riddens to the whole team and owner. hope they lose every game.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:52 am

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

So he says the Lakers did him wrong by including him in trade talks and he felt disrespected.  Then the Lakers traded him to the defending World Champions as he wished for absolutely nothing in return?  That is a classy move by a classy organization!  Your a player, your always subject to be part of a trade(ask Chauncey Bllups!!!) and because one fell through you badmouth the Lakers, who turned around and sent you to the team that was your number one choice of destinations? 

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:55 am

Maybe Chloe will have to "TAKE OVER DALLAS"

It's a business. What do you expect? Just sign the back of your million dollar checks and deposit them. Oh yeah, then drink a tall glass of STFU. Thanks.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:52 am

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

I don't blame Odom for being upset. Us fans often get upset with players when they don't show loyalty to a team or sity. Fans were upset that LeBron James wasn't more open and forthcoming with the Cavs about his plans (note, I don't care that he left, just that he left in a manner that put the Cavs in a real bad situation where it was too late to go in another direction and sign other guys by the time they found out he was gone).

I don't see this any differently. Odom was a great player and teammate for the Lakers and they could have at least given him a heads up that he would be involved in serious trade talks. But it's not just the Lakers, it's the NBA. It is so obvious there is no respect from the players to the owners or from the owners to the players. At this point, I guess they all deserve each other.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:47 am

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

This is not about the Lakers or the Hornets or even the is about getting a divorce, being a chump and moving out for the better player.

Dude you wife wanted a Laker for publicity and you have blown it.

Based on that wacky family drama on the E! do not have a chance, for once Kim starts on her head...IT IS ALL OVER.....

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:42 am

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

There are going to be more bridges going to be burnt.......Hard to be a LA fan seeing the team going down. Everyone knows LA has super starters. Poor bench already. Giving away the sixth man ? Whats the plan ? Have a new coach and assistant coach to play as well ? If Phil Jackson is the coach its not going to happen. Its going to be a short NBA season and Kobe will take his vacaion early. Making Dallas, an NBA champ to get stronger is a " great " move........Start looking for a new coach because when team fall apart, its always coach fault

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:27 am

Bridges between Odom, Lakers are burned

I am sure that Lamar will fit in well on his new reality show: Real Cry Babies of Dallas

Lamar is one of the most talanted disappointments of all time. Here ia a guy that should be an all star starter but instead he is a 6th man. I guess people forget what he was like before he was surrounded by so much talent. Potential. That is the word, besides, candy that is most associated with Lamar. Disrespected? How about the fans. Maybe a better word is disappointed. Goodbye and good luck. 

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