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Lamar Odom says he won’t have any emotions when facing his former team (the Mavericks)

Dec 5, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen AP

The Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Mavericks before last season began, but after Odom had just finished his best all-around year in 12 NBA seasons.

Odom took home the Sixth Man of the Year trophy in 2011, and yet L.A. had no problem dealing him to a Western Conference rival in exchange for nothing more than salary cap space at the time, although the trade exception the Lakers received in the deal was used in helping them acquire Steve Nash.

It turns out that the Lakers knew what the Mavericks found out in Odom’s short time with them, which was the fact that Odom had mentally checked out from basketball after dealing with some personal and emotional issues before the lockout-shortened season began.

Things ended in Dallas with Odom and the team parting ways before the season ended, one which was tumultuous, to say the least. Now, with Odom set to face his former team for the first time on Wednesday, he’s not exactly feeling sentimentally about the matchup.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

When asked after practice whether he had any emotions about playing Dallas, Odom said, “Naw.”

Why?

“It was a blur, man,” Odom replied. “I wasn’t there either, like mentally.”

“The people are nice,” Odom said of Dallas. “Great fans.

“Sometimes we make pit stops in some places. I remember the people and the city. Basketball just wasn’t there for me at that time.”

Odom said he even doesn’t have any hard feelings toward Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who called out Odom several times before sending the forward home. “I respect everybody over there,” Odom said.

Odom’s comments are perfect, because he has no reason to be upset with a Dallas organization that showed nothing but patience in dealing with him. He admits he wasn’t in a position mentally to play basketball last season, so slamming the Mavericks for the way things ended there simply wouldn’t make any sense.

It’s doubtful that Cuban or Rick Carlisle feel the same way about Odom, given the way things went down. But he’ll be nothing more than afterthought for the Mavericks on Wednesday when they head into Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

  1. timb12 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    That makes sense. I dated a girl once I didn’t want to be with, now when I see her it’s no big deal. Same for Lamar.

    • tibbs7 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Did she take you for 8 million dollars?

      • dko83 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Award for best comment I’ll read today.. Tibbs, congrats!

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    you should call Dr.Phil.

  3. metalhead65 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    why would he be upset with his time there? he got paid millions to do nothing so why would he have any bad feelings? his fans need to stop making excuses for his play last year. if he was so emotionally upset about things that happened in his life at the time he should have told them he was not ready to play. instead he took their money and did nothing to earn it so he gets no sympathy from me and I am not a mavs. fan.

    • drunkenjunk - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      this sums up odom perfectly.

  4. bougin89 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    He’s been just going through the motions for a while now, why would we think he’ll change and show emotion?

  5. charlutes - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    This should surprise no one, his only emotion has always been self pity.

  6. BigBeachBall - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    if he would have stop eating those abba zabbas, then none of this would have ever happened….”abba zabba, you’re my only friend.”

    • fm31970 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      I’m not sure most commenters know what an Abba Zabba bar is…I like ‘em, though. Tough to fond in the Midwest, however.

    • dko83 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:42 AM

      Half Baked. Good call.

  7. cowboychris5xchamps - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    You gotta have heart to show any type of emotion and O-dumb has zero heart!

  8. manchestermiracle - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    If the Mavs didn’t know that Odom was in a deep mental funk before they traded for him, then they must have been living in a cave. When Stern vetoed the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers, Odom was one of the outgoing pieces. He was butt-hurt by the attempted trade and never regained any semblance of his former level of play.

    Everybody in the league (and anyone watching that criminal excuse for a reality-TV show he does with his wife) knew Lamar was mentally out of it except, apparently, Mark Cuban and his flunkies.

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