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NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Lamar Odom worries Doc Rivers

Jun 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

odom_dunk.jpgCoaches worry about everything. It’s what they get paid to do. They worry matchups, execution, referees, clashing personalities, injuries, the media, who their daughter is dating, how much air is in the balls, the music played during timeouts, the cost of dry cleaning. Everything.

But when a coach singles out one particular worry, as Doc Rivers did to WEEI in Boston about Lamar Odom, you know it is serious.

“Yeah, he’s tough.  He can play the three full-time if he wants to.  That is the speed that he has. You know where he concerns us the most is on the rebound breakout.  He’s one of the few bigs in the league that rebounds the ball, brings it out and then leads to their break.  That’s a very difficult challenge for us.  It creates mismatches.  It ends up where a guard has to take the ball. Now we have bad matchups around the floor.  He’s been very effective against us doing that. So that is our big concern with him.”

Two years ago the Celtics won the battle of the benches handily. James Posey killed the Lakers. The Celtics need to do that again, with some combination of Sheed, Big Baby and Tony Allen (who may be the Celtics best choice to defend Kobe).

Lamar Odom could change that bench equation around. By himself. Or not, you never know what Lamar Odom you get on any given night. But for Doc that’s still a worry.

  1. ocgunslinger - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    conundrum = Lamar Odum

  2. JD - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    You mean “Lamar Odumb”. Celtics in 3! (that’s right, 3 not 4. After the first 3 games, the Lakers will be so beat up they will forfeit the fourth game)

  3. Omnius - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Doc Rivers has more to worry about than Lamar Odom. Odom and Gasol were outmatched two years ago by the Boston Bigs but now they have Bynum playing alongside them. I hope DJ MBenga gets a chance to play as he’s a strong 7 footer who could also give the Boston Bigs a run for their money. But most of all Rivers has to worry about Air Kobe because Kobe is playing the best ball of his career and he’s got revenge on his mind for 2008. Showtime Lakers in 6 games, though clinching in 5 in Boston would be sweet revenge.

  4. Lakers4life - Jun 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Who’s playing in the finals Lamar Odom or Lamar O’Dumb??? he play more dumb games than good ones. They’re just lucky kobe and gasol save their asses most of the time! If Kobe,Gasol,Artes and Odom plays consistently good they will be though to beat and dont forget fisher who plays great all time this days… Bynum plays good but he is not smart, very predictable! everyone know what he’s going to do or where he will take the ball. Im just a watcher and even I knows hes move and Im right all the time. Just be smart and be tough with the defense thats all I can say because thats what your lacking. In other words dont be stupid and play smart…

  5. Warriors Fan - Jun 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    If I were the Celtics the guy I would be worried about isn’t the guy off the bench, or Kobe’s “sidekick”, the soft Pau Gasol. Gasol never accomplished anything with the Memphis Grizzlies and Odom never did anything with the Clippers. Artest is the guy who would scare me. He, Baby Huey, and Reggie Miller made life miserable for Michael Jordan’s Bulls during the playoffs. He, Reggie Miller, and Jermaine O’Neal were supposed to be the building blocks for a championship.
    Let’s not forget Ron Artest was the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He used to be an incredible defender. Now he admits he’s not as good as he used to be, but his tough defensive mindset is what championship teams are built around. Artest, Kobe, and Fischer all have the tough mindset you need to win it all. We’ve already seen what Gasol and Odom were able to do contribute against the Celtics and it’s wasn’t enough.

  6. Blaze - Jun 3, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Its so funny how everybody acts like the Lakers werent THE HEAVY favorite to win it 2 seasons ago…I guess not much has changed. I know you all want to believe that kobe and co will do it but they are simply not physical enough to beat boston. Gasol is still soft, the bench players are a joke, and kobe is older. They will get intimidated and artest is not gonna change that because hes gonna force things and try to do too much.

  7. blaze - Jun 3, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Its so funny how everybody acts like the Lakers werent THE HEAVY favorite to win it 2 seasons ago…I guess not much has changed. I know you all want to believe that kobe and co will do it but they are simply not physical enough to beat boston. Gasol is still soft, the bench players are a joke, and kobe is older. They will get intimidated and artest is not gonna change that because hes gonna force things and try to do too much.

  8. faith - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I watch every year how people talk a lot of trash and have to eat their words so lets just hope it’s a great final. Go Lakers!

  9. faith - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Most times the people who call others names feel that they can call someone dumb because they know what its like to have to same problem. GO LAKERS IN SIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. K.T. - Jun 3, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Neither of the teams is my favorite, but I’ll take the Lakers anyday over the Boston Green Party. The only way the Boston will beat the Lakers is if they play clean nice game, unlike the body throwing they did with Orlando. But I know, that’s not their style, so Lakers in five, will send the Boston fishing for the year.

  11. tonyman262 - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    In the NBA there are a few historic basketball arenas.
    You have to start with Madison Square Garden’s; it has history, and it has panache, for both the pros and for college level basketball. Home to Madison Avenue, Broadway, and Wall Street; can you say MONEY.
    There is the Great Western Forum; the home of ShowTime, where the NBA actually became an event to compete with the NFL & MLB. This is where full grown cheerleaders first started energizing the crowds, this is where the beautiful beaches and great weather is, and of course this is Hollywood, where dreams are made to come true. The Forum was also where big time celebrities started sitting courtside to see and be seen.
    There is a vicious and unsubstantiated rumor that they play basketball somewhere in Massachusetts; I think Lexington or Concord, maybe its Martha’s Vineyard or something. They actually won a title a couple of years ago; first time in decades. Sort of like one and done or the modern day One-Hit-Wonder.
    Today the place for NBA Basketball is once again L.A. But now the venue has changed. The current “Mecca” for basketball at the professional level is STAPLES Center. Since 1999-2000 through the 2009-2010 seasons the STAPLES Center will have hosted 7 NBA Finals with the Lakers wining 4 (5 including this year). STAPLES Center has all of the ambiance and celebrity of the Forum, home to the reigning NBA Champions, and home to the first back-to-back champions since…well since the last back-to-back-to-back champions; did I say the Lakers, and oh yea again it’s STAPLES Center.

  12. tonyman262 - Jun 3, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    To All Celtics Fans: Congrats on a fine season and the Eastern Conference Champions!!!
    To All Lakers Fans: Congrats on a fine season, The Western Conference Champs and 2009-2010 NBA Chamionship.
    Congrats to Kobe Bryant & Derek Fisher on their 5th Ring!!!
    Special Congrats to Kobe Bryant 2009-2010 NBA Finals MVP
    The only two questions remaining are “will there be a Lakers 3-Peat, and will the current Celtics team be over hauled because of it was so totally outclassed.”
    Doc Rivers already has a clue; which is why he is sending out feelers about retirement.
    Don’t believe me; check out how much Danny Ainge is scouring the Free-Agent market and the fact that he has admitted to starting a coaching search.
    Danny knows that after this year it will be time to reload.
    Here is the word on the street:
    Ray Allen is out Joe Johnson is the first choice.
    Ray will have to accept the veteran 5 mil to even have a chance at staying.
    Sheed, Scalabrine and Shelden are out, the hope is for either Stoudemire or at least Chris Bosh, the preference is Stoudemire.
    Kevin Garnett: will be asked to stay for two more years. The Big Ticket is needed to sell tickets but will be required to accept a pay cut if he stays on beyond 2 years.
    The latest tid-bit is the core group will be Rondo, Perkins, Pierce & Garnett, Tony Allen, and Glen Davis round out the core group. Everybody else is trade bait.
    Perkins has a decent shot at a pay increase but there will be strings like goals:
    Lack of technicals for one and scoring production increase for another.
    Pierce is the only untouchable, Rondo is second
    More later unless they clam up…

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