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Mavericks coach Carlisle says “patience has worn thin” with Lamar Odom

Mar 2, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter AP

Lamar Odom was given away for virtually nothing by the Lakers to the defending champion Mavericks before the season even began, after Odom expressed a desire to be dealt once his name surfaced in legitimate trade rumors.

With Odom being the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, this seemed like an absolute steal for Dallas at the time. But it hasn’t materialized, and the team’s head coach seems to be tired of waiting.

Appearing on ESPN Dallas radio Friday, Rick Carlisle (via Tim MacMahon on Twitter) laid out very bluntly his feelings on the Odom situation, which no doubt echo those of Mavericks fans.

“I’m disappointed with the way the whole thing has gone,” Carlisle said. “Patience has worn thin here. He’s going to have to show us with his actions and his attitude if he’s in.”

The interview comes at a time when Odom is set to begin to get back to basketball, after missing the last few games due to personal reasons which were believed to be due to his father suffering with a serious illness. Odom will play a game in the D-League on Saturday as a way to get his wind back, a move that he had to authorize under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Odom is averaging career lows in every relevant statistical category this season, so his absence isn’t exactly hurting Dallas all that much. What is painful, though, is that the organization knows the spark Odom may be able to provide if he can get his head straight.

Between the sensitivity Odom showed in demanding his way out of Los Angeles, along with the lack of production on the court and the time he’s missed because of problems off of it (legitimate or otherwise), it’s doubtful at best that the Mavericks will get anywhere near what they thought was face value when acquiring him.

The good news in Dallas is that they’re still a threat in the West, and easily a top-four team when clicking on all cylinders. A focused Odom might be able to push them into overdrive, which is why Carlisle and the rest of the squad likely haven’t given up on him entirely just yet.

  1. cakemixa - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Hope Cottonelle Odom doesn’t hear these comments. He might need another break.

    • florida727 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      This guy has always been the ultimate head case. He’s more interested in his reality TV future with the KarTRashians than he is in basketball.

  2. kinggw - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    The funny thing is no matter how bad it gets with Odom, the Mavs will never buy him out because they think he’ll head back to Miami.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Either way, they’re stuck paying him to do nothing. No reason to let him go elsewhere and be productive.

    • toosano - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Getting back to Miami is probably the reason he’s stroking it!

  3. steelerdynasty2010 - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    and they called Gasol soft?

    • kinggw - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Gasol is soft, Lamar is just sensitive, real sensitive.

      • steelerdynasty2010 - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        cant argue with that!

  4. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I blame lebron…

  5. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    It would be a lot worse if the mavs gave up players to get odom…

  6. goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Leave him in the D-League. That’s where players who need to mature belong.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    If I got shipped to Dallas after playing for the LAKERS I’d pout too!!

    • goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Yeah, getting traded to the defending world champions is a fate worse than death :|

      • goforthanddie - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        I would LOVE to know why this got the phantom-post treatment.

    • jtk1985 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Yeah I mean why would he want to play for a team that just won the title…. gotta love Laker fans.

      • cinnalocks - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

        Yeah a team that won a title without him and a team that is not going to repeat! Why play for them? Especially when the team you left won a few. Gotta love those Dallas Fans…..they have not won in so long they lost their minds and think it is going to happen twice. NOT!!! That is why we let you have L.O.

  8. katrinasafterbirth - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    If I was married in the Kardashian family, I wouldn’t be ‘sensitive’, I’d be suicidal.

  9. tomtravis76 - Mar 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Cuban should trade Odom to the Nets, at least it would provide this site with tons of daily content.

    • dysraw1 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      thats not a bad idea that would be a good start turning thing around for the Nets

  10. davidly - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Just the other day Carlisle was emphasizing the fact that Odom’s per 36 average was steady and expressing understanding for his player’s personal situation. Considering his father’s serious illness and coach’s change of tone in a matter of hours, is Carlisle confused?

  11. AlohaMrHand - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    This will be interesting viewing on their dopey reality show.Seriously

    • davidly - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Spend a lot of time watching dopey reality teevee, do ya, Spicoli?

      • AlohaMrHand - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        nope but the wife does.

  12. cordae - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Can anyone else see Jim Carey playing Rick Carlisle in a bio-pic?..

    Anywho, I say if these problems keep effecting his game, basketball is just not where he needs to be, until he straightens them atleast.

  13. stayhigh_247 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    im an L.O fan, but forcing a trade because you almost got traded makes little to no sense. this is business, his problem is he thought he had the Kobe effect in L.A and his ego got bruised. But to go from Newport Beach to Dallas is culture shock, not dissing the D but it’s a helluva lot different than SoCal. On the flipside, playing for an owner like Cuban seems like winning the lottery, the guy wants to win and will spend the loot to do it. man up Lamar! Texas is all about rolling up your sleeves, I’d play with Dirk in a heartbeat…

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