The saddest moment of the NBA season actually took place way back on media day.
That's when a beaming Lamar Odom proudly declared himself a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, only to be told that he was horribly mistaken.
The video spotted by Yahoo! Sports is brief but still packed full of awkward.
Obviously, there is no reason to hang your head if you are a member of the L.A. Clippers, a team that is on the rise in the West and could very well usurp the Purple and Gold this season.
Still, it was no secret Odom wanted nothing more than to stay with the Lakers when he was traded last season to the Dallas Mavericks for the equivalent of a six-pack of beer.
Since then, Odom stumbled and bumbled to 6.6 points per game in Dallas, a tenure that saw him play in only 50 games, starting in just four.
With the Clippers, he came into camp out of shape and has dealt with various nagging injuries. The former Sixth Man of the Year is averaging just 2.8 points in 12 minutes per game in the still-young season.
I guess you could say his best NBA years are behind him, shelved in the Lakers locker room.
Perhaps it was just wishful thinking when Odom looked at the camera and stated, "Hi, I'm Lamar Odom of the L.A. Lakers."
No, you aren't, and now I'm sad.
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