Lamar Odom’s nightmarish season in Dallas has led to Mavericks fans losing patience with him, and they have occassionally booed the struggling forward. Odom says the boos are confusing and hurtful. From the Dallas Morning News: “I’ve never been booed in my life,’ he said. ‘So if it’s to the point where I’m playing a basketball game at home and I’m getting booed, I would say no disrespect but maybe I think people took things the wrong way. I admitted that I was out of shape for different reasons when I came into camp. I admitted what I’ve been through. I was honest about how my summer went, how I almost left the game and everything I went through. And I think people just took it the wrong way, like if I had a reason not to be here or I didn’t want to be here. I think people took that the wrong way. Next thing I know, I’m trying to come out of a slump and I check into the game and I’m getting booed. I’m not really used to that.’ […] Odom was asked how much the booing bothered him. ‘It’s part of the game,’ he said. ‘I understand, but it usually happens on the road. I’ve always had a lot of pride to play for the name on the back of my jersey. I’ve always been more prideful to play for the name that’s on the front of my jersey, whether it be USA or whether it be the Mavericks or the other team I came from. I always had a lot of pride. So it was a little confusing and a little hurtful, but it’s the sport world. I understand. We’re in a business that it’s all about what have you done lately, or the last game or the next game?'”
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