Lakers Rumors: Why Lamar Odom Will Turn the Lakers Around

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IMarch 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as his team is called for a foul during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center on March 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers need to find a way to get Lamar Odom back with the team.

According to ESPN's Ric Bucher, Lamar Odom is "desperately" trying to come back to Los Angeles, but the Lakers do not want him. The Lakers should definitely change their stance on this. 

What the Lakers need more than anything is another big man who can play quality minutes when Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum are hurt or tired. Odom has been playing that role for the Lakers for the past four seasons and his play has helped the Lakers win two championships.

If Jim Buss and the Lakers front office want to keep Kobe happy and the Lakers in contention to win the title then they must bring "LO" back as soon possible. If not, the Lakers might be forced into making a silly move to change up the look in La La Land. 

Lamar Odom is a very emotional person. It is unfair for people to say that Odom has lost a step based on the way he has played so far this season. Players have feelings too, and Odom's emotions got the best of him when he demanded to be traded from the Lakers after news came out that he was traded to the Hornets.

Odom would definitely love to live in Los Angeles where he and his wife are most comfortable living in. The more comfortable a player is in their environment the better it will be for the players and teams success. 

It seems as if Odom regrets the decision he made and if given another chance, he will channel his emotions and use them to work hard, produce well, and help the Lakers win another championship. 

The Lakers will feel much more comfortable trading Pau Gasol away if they sign Odom. Odom has proven that he can play well at the starting power forward position over the years. If Gasol ever missed time for the Lakers, Odom made it seem as if Gasol was there the whole time with the way he played.

Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak will not be afraid to lose size by trading Gasol away if they had Odom on their squad. The Lakers need a high caliber point guard on their team and the only person that will bring them one is Pau Gasol.

The fear of trading Gasol away is that the Lakers will lose their size, with the addition of Odom, that will not be a problem. 

If the Lakers want to just continue to lose to teams like Washington, then they should turn their backs on Odom and go find someone else. If the Lakers do want to start winning and finally execute a successful trade for a top notch point guard then they should find a way to bring Odom back to LA where he is comfortable and more than willing to play. 

Odom will help the Lakers find their way back to the NBA finals or at least give some relief to the owners so they do not have to worry about sacrificing size for a dominant point guard. 

Lamar Odom and the Lakers are a match made in heaven, and Jim Buss needs to play the role of cupid. 


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