Lakers Rumors: Lake Show Would Be Better Off Without Lamar Odom
Getting the old band back together doesn't always work out too well. It is especially ill-advised when one of the members is aloof, dependent and inconsistent like Lamar Odom.
Guest Bleacher Report contributor and Orange County Register columnist Kevin Ding tweeted that Odom may be "coming around" to the idea of rejoining the Los Angeles Lakers:
Hearing @RealLamarOdom might be coming around to joining Lakers, but Lakers not sold on what he can give them. So, still unlikely.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 26, 2013
As the tweet indicates, the Lakers aren't sold on Odom. Who could blame them? The 33-year-old, 14-year-veteran had some great years with the Lakers as part of the team's championship runs in 2009 and 2010, but that ship has sailed.
There's a lot of physical and emotional wear on Odom's tires.
He has seemingly turned his intensity level on and off over the past two seasons. At his age, that is a dangerous tendency. Older players who have already made their mark in the NBA may have a difficult time flipping the intensity switch back on.
It doesn't appear he has ever recovered emotionally from being traded from the Lakers to the Mavericks in 2011.
Should the Lakers bring back Lamar Odom?
With his recent issues off the court, the chances that he'd be all in seem more unlikely.
Odom may not be able to raise his level the way the Lakers may need him to. That would be unfortunate for L.A., because despite what many critics think, it has a chance to be a playoff team in 2013-14.
The roster spot the Lakers could potentially offer to Odom could wind up being an important role. The team can't afford to carry a player who doesn't offer it a realistic benefit.
Even before the Lakers presumably sign two more players to partially guaranteed contracts, the team figures to be deeper than last year's squad. Losing Dwight Howard may hurt the Lakers in the long run once Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have moved on, but next year the chemistry should be better.
Last year's team seemed tight, disjointed and distracted all season.
Between Gasol, Bryant, Steve Nash and newcomers like Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman, the Lake Show has some interesting pieces that should be more united.
Bringing in Odom could disturb that, especially if he isn't committed. As much as he respects Bryant and loves Los Angeles, basketball doesn't appear to be at the top of his priority list.
In order for the Lakers to maximize their potential, they need every player on the same page. At this point, it seems like Odom needs the Lakers more than they need him.
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