Lamar Odom: Endless BooingBy: Heather Campobello - March 22, 2012
Mavericks fans are completely fed up with Lamar Odom.
Odom has struggled throughout the season. His shooting has gone down by over 50% from last year and he totally tanked last night’s game against the Lakers; he finished 0-3 with 1 point and 1 rebound on the night.
Sports analysts predict that Odom will be bought out of his contract and receive $2.4 million.
Check out his stats compared to lead and league averages from the Yahoo Sports page:
Fans have been demonstrating their distaste for Odom by showering him with boos each time he enters the court in Dallas.
Kobe Bryant is friends with Odom and thinks that the booing is totally stupid. He went on to defend Odom’s performance to NBC sports, “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.”
Bryant gave Odom a hug after the Mavericks lost last night.
A few months ago Bryant was visibly upset about losing Odom as a teammate and was short with interviewers:
Two months ago Odom was welcomed back in LA as a Maverick and received a standing ovation:
Do you think Bryant is putting too much of the blame on the team?
Dirk Norwitzki is a forward for the Mavericks and thinks Odom is suffering because he is over thinking his moves and should rely on his kinesthetic memory, “As a shooter, as a player, if you get a little hesitant, it’s over”…“Once you start thinking in this game, that’s tough.”
Hopefully Odom will find a team that will suit him better next season. Odom thanked people for their support on Twitter but he has lost fans along the way:
whats good people been a minute . still standing thanks 4 the positive energy and support
Was a fan of Lamar Odom but now I can’t watch him play.
dallas gon release lamar odom ass after this season he ain’t doing shit this year he gon be back in LA next year
real shit, if lamar odom doesn’t wanna be here, let him leave! i’m getting tired of, rumored or not, his complaints about playing here
@fishsports I’m tired of people telling me I don’t understand Lamar Odom. I understand fully that he sucks and does not try hard.
when i saw lamar odom had 1 point 1 assist & 1 rebound from the game last night i busted out laughing hahaha