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Del Negro says Odom will work way into shape “eventually”

Oct 18, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

Lamar Odom, Caron Butler AP

The Clippers needed depth along the front line and signing Lamar Odom, just a couple years removed from being the Sixth Man of the Year, seemed like a good fit.

That is, if his head was in the right place and he wasn’t lost like he spent the last year with the Mavericks.

Apparently his head is doing pretty well, but his body is not in NBA shape quite yet and he didn’t play Wednesday night against Utah., as coach Vinny Del Negro told the Los Angeles Times.

Del Negro said Odom’s knees are bothering him and that playing the 6-10 forward against the Jazz probably would have set him back.

“He’s got to work through some conditioning things and some health things right now, which he’s doing,” Del Negro said. “Yeah, I wish he was in a little bit better conditioning, and he wishes he was. But he’s just got to continue to work every day and I’m sure he’ll get there eventually.”

The Clippers have the enviable duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to start, although Jordan was benched during the playoffs for large stretches in favor of Reggie Evans. That would be the Reggie Evans sitting on the bench in Brooklyn. The Clippers need depth up front, they need Odom in shape and with his head screwed on right.

  1. cantonbound13 - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Odom is on the skittles diet.

  2. lakerryan - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Reggie Evans is on Brooklyn.

    • katra2logic - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      I saw Reggie play a couple nights ago, he was definitely in a Brooklyn uniform. Cheers.

  3. pacific123ocean - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Kurt, you need slow down the “enviable duo” statement. Unless he has improved a lot over the summer, DeAndre Jordan skill set is very limited.

  4. mydoglouie - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    The pity party continues with this guy!

  5. circuscivics - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Kurt. You lose more credibility every day that you blog. I don’t know if you consider yourself a journalist, but how do you NOT know Reggie Evans is a CURRENT member of the Brooklyn Nets. That is just lazy or at worst wreckless reporting all in the name of snark. Stop trying to be entertaining and snarky and just report. God.

    • borderline1988 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Calm down. It’s like you’re taking this personally. Maybe you have a secret crush on Reggie Evans? I hope not.

  6. eugenesaxe - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    So whatt’s Odom going to cry about this year, being on the wrong LA team?

  7. abchome - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Odom will be fine. Or this will be his last nba team.

  8. rocirius - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    The article states that Reggie Evans is coming off the bench in Brooklyn.

    • absentstars - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Yes it NOW states that. And i used to have a comment here as well.

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