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Knicks GM says he expects Lamar Odom to be part of Knicks next fall

Jun 10, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

Lamar Odom AP

Take this report with a handful of salt for two key reasons:

1) Whenever a player is going through rehab and workouts to get back the teams are generous with compliments, to encourage the steps.

2) Knicks GM Steve Mills is not exactly the power broker in the Knicks front office. Nice title but he’s not the guy making the call.

That said, after the Derek Fisher introductory press conference broke up, Mills was interviewed on a variety of topics and was asked about Lamar Odom, who is supposed to be working out with the Knicks this summer and getting back in basketball shape. Odom is technically under contract for next season with the Knicks but that is not a guaranteed deal.

Mills said he liked the track Odom was on and expected him to be part of the Knicks team next season.

We’ll see. Odom has a lot of personal things to get over to get his head right enough to get back in the league. If he can do that, can he get a body that will turn 35 early next season into a condition well enough to play in the NBA again?

Here is what Jackson said about Odom a few weeks back when asked:

“We know he’s a really good basketball player. If he wants to put himself back together in a basketball life, he’s got a chance to do this by having a whole summer to work at it and get himself back in basketball condition so he can play. He’s told me that’s what he wanted to do. Having a relationship with him, I figure this is a pretty good risk/reward situation for us.”

The Knicks could use a guy like Odom, at least the old Odom. First off, his point forward skills are difficult to find in this league. Second, the Knicks could use guys that know the triangle offense because that is what Fisher suggested he would run, and it’s an offense that takes a while to really grasp because it is read and react, not traditional set plays. Tom Thibodeau brought Brian Scalabrine over from Boston to Chicago as a player, not because Scalabrine was phenomenal at his defensive schemes, but he understood them and could almost serve as a second coach when teaching the system. Odom could serve that kind of role.

If he is ready.

  1. spursareold - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Don’t know why people still think LO can play. He hasn’t been even average since the LAL traded him. That was long before the drugs.

  2. biggredbird76 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    C R A C K

  3. goldmember21 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    #epicfail

  4. finsfan71 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Perfect fit

  5. bux1022 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Knows the system. Not on the hook for any money. Played is best basketball with Jackson. Low rick nice reward!

  6. therealdave123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Khloe Kardashian will play for the Knicks before Lamar does.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      You mean the Giants, not Knicks.

  7. shaolin916 - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    NY has that good pookie tho!

  8. jzone954 - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    The New York lakers and the Brooklyn celtics…

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Oh yeah, Knicks, you should tooooootally do this. Lamar Odom has still got it. I doubt he’s lost a step at all. Heck, I bet he can replace Carmelo Anthony. I think this is a greaaaaat idea.

    • dablakdrphil - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      LMAO!! Love the sarcasm

  10. furiouslytim - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Fall from grace? Fall to the bottom of the east? Oh…autumn. Never mind. Move along.

  11. drewzducks - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    First time President, GM with little to no accomplishment and a guy who’s never coached a game in his life. Now we have Lamar as the missing piece to bring it all together. What could possibly go wrong. Hoops in the big Apple will once again be rotten.

  12. genericcommenter - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Well, Phil Jackson once brought a 35 year-old John Salley out of retirement 3 years after his last NBA game, to mentor Shaq. Not to mention the 36-37 year-old Ron Harper starting at PG.

  13. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    The only things Odom can teach are “how to hit the pipe” and “how to marry the wrong chick”. And his skills were fading before he got his degree in either of those.

  14. bux1022 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    So the two of you are twins?

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