Teams are busy trying to sign the perfect player to boost their team’s performance in the upcoming NBA season. Their were Jason Kidd’s, Rasheed Wallace’s, Shaquille Oneal’s and Hedo Turkoglo’s but every team failed to notice one notable and most promising name among the sea of free agency, it’s Lamar Odom who is still negotiating his own future with the Lakers. The Lakers are bent in signing Odom after losing Trevor Ariza to the Rockets. He was vocal that he would accept a lesser amount just to stay in the Lakers less than the 7 or 8 million he is getting per year. Consistency maybe the biggest question Lamar has to face career long but when the Lakers needed him he delivers. Sacrificing his minutes in favor of Andrew Bynum, sacrificing his stats for the team’s victory and sacrificing a million or two dollars for the Lakers stability he knows what it is to win and he knows how much the Lakers needed him. Signing Ron Artest builds the then weakling and soft team to a no holds barred defensive team but Artest and Walton are no Odom. He personifies the word “mismatch” with his speed and basketball intelligence. The 6-foot-10 Odom is a walking triple-double in the making with his three-point shooting and athleticism any team would want him on their roster. The concluded NBA finals showcase how good Odom is. When he pick his spots, giving screens and moving without the ball grabbing the rebounds or scoring around the basket it wasn’t a noticeable and dominating performance like a Kobe Bryant or a Dwight Howard but it was his team mentality that made the big difference all series long.
He was a go to guy when he played with the Clippers and the Heat but accepted his role as the third swinger in the Lakers. Mitch Kupchak will now used his bargaining talent in letting ends meet between Odom but after the sacrifice and after what Odom did to these franchise they should also consider his tremendous effort. He deserves the full mid level extension for his valiant effort. They need him and Dr. Buss should take full consideration. He can spend the extra luxury tax and not worry about the income with a full stadium in almost every game. If Lamar wants higher than expected it means he worked hard for it and he clearly deserves it.
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