A typical NBA reserve won't elicit much response from a road arena without first finding his way to a thunderous throwdown or an epic failure.
#Clippers F Lamar Odom just came into the game at 4:15 mark of the first quarter to a lot of boos. A lot of boos. A lot of boos.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) March 27, 2013
If Odom was hoping for a discreet return to Dallas, it was apparent early on that he would not be realizing those hopes:
Thunderous boos began as soon as Lamar Odom took off his warmups. Mark Cuban isn't here, by the way.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 27, 2013
Luckily for the Mavericks, Odom's presence enlivened the Dallas fans. The Mavericks (34-36) need all the help they can get in their uphill climb to get back in the postseason race.
And luckily for Odom, this was the Clippers' lone scheduled trip to Dallas:
hahaha They just put Lamar Odom on the jumbotron just to have him booed again. #DALvsLAC— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) March 27, 2013
So what did Odom do to deserve such a hostile greeting?
Well, it was more about what he didn't do during his one-year stay with the Mavericks last season.
Odom arrived in Dallas after his former employer, the Los Angeles Lakers, was forced to find him a new home prior to the 2011-12 season. He was distraught that the team had included him in the David Stern-nixed deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers and Odom to the New Orleans Hornets (via ESPN.com).
Odom carried his poor attitude, and out-of-shape body, to the Mavericks. He stumbled through 50 disappointing games with the franchise (6.6 points per game, 35.2 field-goal percentage) before he and the club agreed to part ways (via Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPN.com).
Those 50 games weighed heavy on the minds of the Mavericks fans throughout Tuesday night's game:
Folks in Dallas seem to remember Lamar Odom's brief, horrendous turn with the Mavericks last season. Boos every time he touches it...— Matt Winer (@matt_winer) March 27, 2013
Judging by Odom's decreasing standards, his effort wasn't quite a disappointment (six points and six rebounds in 18-plus minutes at the end of regulation). Still, there's no denying that the 33-year-old looks centuries removed from his days as a supersub during the Lakers' most recent championship years.
The anything-but-polite Mavericks fans were rewarded for their fiery welcoming with extra basketball, thanks to O.J. Mayo's game-tying layup with just 0.6 seconds on the clock.
Dallas and L.A. are headed to overtime, knotted at 97.