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Lamar Odom felt disrespected by Lakers

Dec 14, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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Lamar Odom takes his business personally.

NBA players use a variation of the line “this is a business” about the NBA more than they say they “gave 110 percent” or that they “left it all on the floor.” It is as common as NBA groupies around he league.

But the Lakers almost trading him to New Orleans as part of the failed Chris Paul trade wasn’t just business for Odom, he was personally offended. Here is what he said, via the Orange County Register.

“It wasn’t about going to New Orleans. It was just about how they did it,” Odom told reporters Tuesday. “I felt a little disrespected. After being here 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.”

Should the Lakers have told him, or is that just the way of the new Jim Buss regime in Los Angles? Things were moving fast, but a heads up seems the courteous move.

The result was Odom asking to be traded and the Lakers shipping him off to Dallas for a trade exception and future pick.

That didn’t sit well with Kobe Bryant or other Lakers. Odom was a very popular teammate and a guy the locker room trusted to show up in big games. On a team where Kobe is the bad cop and Derek Fisher the good cop, Odom was the guy who put his arm around you and talked to you like a brother. That mattered.

Now the defending champions have him. And the Lakers have to face Odom a lot. Which also doesn’t make Kobe happy.

  1. thatboi901 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    He’s been on the trading block nearly every offseason in LA. Don’t know how he was shocked

    • teke184 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      Wasn’t he supposed to be part of a deal with Philly for Iggy last year before he threatened to retire if he wasn’t a Laker?

    • africanballer - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      i was about to say the exact same thing

  2. addict2sport - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I wouldn’t mind being disrespected by my organization while making $8 million to play a game. Hell, I get disrespected by my employer every day for what doesn’t even qualify as a fraction of that amount while working my behind off.

    • hollywood26 - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Everyone cries about the money. Sounds like envy to me. Putting this in context, suppose you were working at a company and you see the boss everyday and he’s smiling and telling you that he values you. Then you go to work the next day and they tell you that you are now working in the New Orleans office. You’d be pissed too.l

      See the problem with Odom is he actually started to “care” He felt they were family, not employer/employee. Sadly these athletes learn quickly that the family only includes you while you have value to them.

      • 6thsense79 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        I agree a hundred percent hollywood. Why do people think making millions solves all your problems? People are still people. How many lottery winners, hollywood stars worth millions, rock and rollers, etc do you see with f’d up lives or in f’d up situations? The money is very, very, nice but it doesn’t mean it solves all your problems.

  3. skids003 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    “It’s all business” when it’s themdoing something, but these entitled titty babies are always ‘disrespected” when the team or league does something. Typical.

  4. therealhtj - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Enjoy him Mav’s fans. He can get you 10 boards while hardly trying. Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 games, he doesn’t try at all and grabs you 4. He’ll sleepwalk through long stretches of games, and then show up for 1 where he approaches a triple-double. Not likely to give you much this year as he’s getting a little long in the tooth, he had an extended layoff (never a good thing for LO), and his head’s definitely not right after feeling “disrespected.” Wonder how disrespected LO feels when Dallas exercises his $3-million buyout next season?

    • Josh Perez - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:48 AM

      Typical, a player is good as long as he plays for your franchise, after that everyone see his faults.

  5. nhmac - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    This guy is such a crybaby!

  6. tsi4431 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    A grown azz man acting like a Child. If the “sources” wouldn’t of leaked the potential trade info, then he would have never known, and all would have been good. But now that I see the true “Kardashian” in him, I am glad he left. Take that annoying wife of yours too.

    • sbxxix - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Hey Khloe is pretty cool. You’re confusing her with Kim, Kris and Robert. They’re the ones that bitch and moan all the time. Khloe doesn’t appear to be like the others… Anyway I think lamar is right tho. He did contribute to a Championship and was a big part of the team. The least you can do is give the guy a heads up that’s all he wanted. Also it’s not like he’s crying about. He wants pay back and as a Laker fan I am bothered that he went to the Mavs. I’m sure that’s how he felt when he heard about the trade

  7. isujames - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    You would probably slit your wrist to get a piece of that kardashian action.

    • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Not Khloe. Kim or Kourtney though.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Nah, I can catch an STD anywhere.

  8. klownboy - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Does anyone else know what is going on in LA? Letting Odom go to the defensing champs – the same ones who swept the Lakers out of the playoffs – for nothing?


    • sbxxix - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Aside from stating the obvious, wtf is the point of this link. Don’t post anymore links.
      Summary of all this:

      Stupid move
      Kobe’s pissed
      Owner’s son doesn’t want to be under dad’s shadow

  9. vikesfansteve - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Does the 8 million dollar baby want a binky? STFU!

  10. chargerdillon - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    I love Lamar, but he’s a bench player for a team that got swept in the playoffs by a team with a bench full of unknowns making a tenth of what Lamar does.

    Giving Lamar to Dallas now makes the Mavericks a little bit bigger, a little bit older, and a lot poorer to keep that same awesome bench they had for last yer.

    It’s this simple in Los Angeles. Unless your name is Kobe Bryant, you shouldn’t feel comfortable about where you play. Lamar isn’t stupid, but burning your bridge out of LA because of hurt feelings, is very stupid.

  11. crnvic847 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Khloe can’t be too happy about this. But she has to look at the bright side “everything is bigger in Texas!”

    • sbxxix - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Hahaha she’s looking forward to those HUGE cinnamon rolls lmao

  12. goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Tell us Bitch Lamar, did you whine when you were traded TO the Lakers?

  13. jimsjam33 - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    Unbelievably stupid !

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