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Kobe calls Dallas fans booing Lamar Odom “stupidity”

Mar 22, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant AP

Mavericks’ fans are done with the Lamar Odom experiment.

Odom has struggled all season with the Mavericks, shooting 34.5 percent (down from 54 percent the year before), looking lost on the court, and that carried over to Wednesday against the Lakers when he was 0-3 with 1 point and 1 rebound on the night.

Now whenever Odom steps on the court in Dallas, he is greeted by a series of boos. It wasn’t much at first but it has grown into a sizable chorus in recent weeks.

What does Odom’s old friend Kobe Bryant think if this? Via ESPNDallas.com.

“That’s just stupidity,” Kobe Bryant said…

“It’s tough,” Bryant said. “He comes to a team that’s pretty much set, you know what I mean? So it’s hard for him to find his niche. The fans, they don’t really understand what he does or how he can do it, you know what I mean?

“I hope they don’t unlock that mystery. I know. I know how to use him and to use his skill set and this, that and the other. But with this team, the roster that they had being pretty much set, it’s tough for him to be able to find his groove here.”

Dirk Nowitzki may have summed it up best.

“As a shooter, as a player, if you get a little hesitant, it’s over,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “Once you start thinking in this game, that’s tough.”

Odom can be bought out of the last year of his deal for $2.4 million after this season, and with the Mavericks desire to clear cap space that is expected to happen. Which is going to make him one of the more interesting free agents to watch this summer — for few players is finding the right fit more important than for Odom.

  1. cakemixa - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Softest most sensitive player in sports history. Maybe he needs another break so that he can film a reality show special about it?

    • efueshe - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      well if having to deal with the loss of your cousin and then the your driver KILLING A TEENAGER ON THE WAY TO THE FUNERAL and then your dad being sick, we’ll see how your job performance is that year.

      • boilerup1869 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        stop making excuses for lamar’s softness and oversensitivity.

        you’re being an enabler!!

    • laker16packer4rings - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Its funny how fans have so much to say about the level of play a given player should be playing at… correct me if I’m wrong… Lamar has more Championship Rings than Dirk!!! Wasnt Dirk the subject of harsh critizism at one point in his career!!! How many more rings will Dirk gain before he retires… my guess is NONE. Send Lamar back to LA… lets then revisit this subject in June!!! Why wont Dallas buy him out of his contract, since he’s no good… dont answer – I already know the answer.

  2. rickastleydancemoves - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I don’t blame Maverick fans. You have a soft ass crybaby that’s more concerned with being a reality tv star with Chyna Kardashian and being in Hollywood than being a productive NBA player. I’ve never seen a more mentality weak basketball player in my 26 years of living.

    • florida727 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      For what it’s worth, I have suits older than you, and I’VE never seen a more mentally weak player. He may very well be done after this year. One guarantee: he’ll play lights out for the last two weeks of the season, so when he becomes a free agent, his agent can point to those two weeks and say, “look what he can do”.

    • emmasmom1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      hmmm….rickastleydancemoves…..I wonder if a few Rick Astley fans were to boo your attempts to earn your self proclaimed title if it wouldn’t send you, and your soft ass, looking for an identity of your own?….just askin!

  3. sprest83 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Clearly Kobe hasn’t followed Odom while he is with the mavs. Odom has only had two good games this season. He deserves to be booed…he deserves to be released.

  4. fpimentel72 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The only thing I have to say is how dare Dallas fans boo him, he is an elite player so Lakers do the right thing and bring him back home where he belong!

    • bmatt5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      With you on that one

    • step906 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      We have every right to boo him! We gave him plenty of time to step it up, and he always falls flat on his face. He always shows he does not want to be here so we are fed and so we want his ass now to leave too!!!

  5. skids003 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Who really cares what Kobe thinks? He thinks everyone should get down and worship him, the great almighty Kobe. What a butt.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      not sure how you came to that conclusion from his comments. the reporter asked him the question and he answered. huh, Odom and Kobe played for several years together so maybe they think Kobe has better insight than most other people..which he probably does with Odom.

      • skids003 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        SO the great one knows how to use him? That is stupidity. My conclusion has been reached over many years, not just this one comment. He is a first class jerk, lucky he didn’t get to play for Sing Sing.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        i think personal feelings are affecting your judgement…but that’s cool. i’m not here to sway/change your opinion.

        as far as off court activity, i couldn’t care less what they do. its his life…just as no one is going “to cast stones” at you for some action you possibly did at some point. and that goes for every single person in the world. who are we to act like we are better people?

        i just see it as this…kobe was lamar’s teammate for a long time. he knows how he works/plays. his input has some merit. if i had a question, for example, about how did John Lennon behave like when he was a Beatle…i’m going to ask Paul or Ringo…as they knew him very well. remember, this was a reporter asking this question to Kobe…he just gave his response. simple as that.

  6. ezmagic - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    No excuse for playing poorly all season. Get over it Lamar. Until you do, you deserve every boo you get. Big baby got booed in orlando on several occasions this season. He had a couple deaths in the family within a month and his play showed it.. Lately he’s been more in tune. Now he’s cheered, especially for his EFFORT. Wake up Lamar or your wife might leave you too.

  7. bj1980 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    And I should continue to have patience with him why? He’s not producing to his abilities, the manufactured melodrama from his wife’s television show is annoying, and his Eeyore-esque attitude is dangerous.

    The simplest and easiest way to shut us up? Play like you care, Mr. Odom.
    -BJ

  8. surewin03 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    release him. we’ll take you back! kobe will unlock his mystery. LOL

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      that didn’t sound right in my head when i read it….

  9. veinsofgod - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Right Kobe, Dallas is already set, even though they lost two starters and four key players from last year’s squad. Right Kobe, you can’t expect him to come in and fit right away…but it looks like Sessions is working out okay.

    Dallas is getting robbed right now.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Lakers will reaquire him in the offseason.

    • zacksdad - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Lakers cannot get him until one year to the day of the trade or the end of his contract, which one is closer. I believe he has another option on his contract for next year, so they cannot get him until December or so.

      • chuckj1234 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        Did you actually read the articule? Dallas will buy him out. He can sign anywhere.

    • step906 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      They can take him! he was a waste of money and time!!!

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:44 AM

      or OKC…. wtf?

  11. 700levelvet - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Hell……..He just wants to lie around in his LA Mansion and let his legion of jock sniffers, and his no talent wife’s legion of crotch sniffers watch them on TV………As if he actually wants to work………Be real…….

  12. franchiseplaya - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Im not being an apologist for Odom, I agree that he’s soft and may be distracted by off court happenings, in and out of his control, but I think Kobe may actually have a point. Some of it might be chemistry. Who among us hasn’t played a pick up game or been on a team that added a guy that you thought would put you over the top and turned out to be a dud. It happens all the time where a guy is garbage in one place and flourishes elsewhere (Jeremy Lin anyone?) so why cant the reverse be true?

  13. jcota1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Reality show… Dump it!
    Klohe dump her!…I really wish this guy was still a Laker but I guess most of all I hope he gets it together.

  14. myktuggle - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    As a Mav fan I was extremely excited to get LO. I understand the off the court mishaps (deaths and sicknesses) BUT he chose to play this year. HE chose to play through the pain. So WE choose to boo him when we see him half assing it. I really feel this is just a ploy to get back to LA. He deserves to be booed. We tried to give him a chance.

  15. 24thesho - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    They should boo the whole Mavericks team. They are never going to win another title with Dirk, especially after J. Kidd retires.
    Pau Gasol is really the one who is mentally weak he’s the one that let his issue with his girlfriend disrupt his focus.

    • 24thesho - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Cont’d: You know, during the NBA finals?

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