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Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 3:35 pm  |  14 responses

Lakers Need Lamar Odom to Step Up

With the Lakers unable to expect much — if anything — from Andrew Bynum going forward, Lamar Odom has to play better than he did last night. His coach was less than impressed, as the OC Register reports: “Phil Jackson wondered himself Friday if he could jump-start Odom with some kind of charge. ‘I was thinking of an electrode,’ Jackson said. ‘Something that would really be a stimulus. What do you suggest?’ Odom was too slow reacting to plays and even just the ball in the Lakers’ Game 4 loss Thursday night. Jackson said Odom has issues he needs to get past regarding the Celtics, who beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals when Odom was playing heavy minutes with Andrew Bynum out for the season with a knee injury. ‘Lamar struggled two years ago in this series in this matchup,’ Jackson said, ‘and he has to break through kind of that mental gap that he had from that experience to move forward.’ Odom said after Game 4 that the Lakers as a team failed to adjust to him being in the game more instead of Bynum, who was limited by his current knee injury. About the rebounding problems in Game 4, Odom said: ‘We definitely as a team have to clean up the boards.’ Odom also preached for more ball movement in the Lakers’ offense. When Odom struggled on offense early in the series vs. Boston two years ago, Jackson changed the Lakers’ places on offense to start Game 4, moving Odom from ball-handling guard to Kobe Bryant’s attacking forward position so Odom could be closer to the basket (and Bryant could better see the whole defense to distribute the ball to teammates). But Jackson said about Odom in the recent Game 4: ‘He had a couple post‑up opportunities that he chose to step out and take the ball outside rather than post it.”’

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  • 6marjons

    first!

    to be fair lamar usually responds to criticism pretty well, it’s just he needs it so damn often

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    No they don’t. He played fine, it was more Bynum out that caused their offense not to flow like it usually does. Odom had some great 1-on-1 plays that they scored off of.

  • Rahman

    Bynum should be benched for the rest of the playoffs, its not worth ending his career, as far as the game last night, i think Odom should do more scoring, he needs to score 17+ for the lakers to win, because Artest will definitely not give them any points

  • kobesBESTfriend

    LO is the worst…all that kardashian as$ is messing with his game

  • T-Money

    yeah, i remember lamar hitting some tough buckets in the 4th.

  • LD

    He dribbles too much.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    You could repost this every day and just change the date and it would never stop being true.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    odom needs to stop taking jump shots. please learn from josh smith. ur jump shot stinks. you have an overwhelming advantage against other 6’10+ players driving to the hoop. use it!

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Maybe Amare was right

  • DreXnaW21

    Lamar Odom and Ron Artest need to play like they really want this championship

  • hoodsnake

    He cant cos he is dumb.

  • COGGIE

    artest is going to read your comment RAHMAN and drop 20 points in the next game.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    @Jukai: good point. Lamar hasn’t had a good game since Amar’e called his one good game as ‘lucky’.

  • Ali Duyar

    Lakers’s triangle offense didn’t work in 4th game.LA needs a tall PG and a passer SF,like Hedo Turkoglu.

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