Los Angeles Lakers vs. Lamar Odom: Who Will Have Their Way?

bob bobAnalyst IJuly 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 101-96 in overtime.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Their have been numerous articles written about the Lamar Odom situation.

From this article, it states that the Lakers have rescinded their offer of nine million per year to Lamar Odom, after Odom and his agent did not respond to the Lakers offer.

It also states that the Los Angeles Lakers organization is frustrated with the situation due to Odom's agent opening talks with Dallas and Miami.

The whole situation was looking good a few days ago. It looked as if Odom was returning to the Lakers once again, but the situation has transformed into a headache for the Lakers and their fans.

Odom was a key piece to the Los Angeles Lakers championship puzzle. He averages an acceptable 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Though we never know which side of Odom we will see when he steps onto a basketball court, if he is having one of those nights, the Lakers are almost impossible to beat.

This fiasco has turned into a bluffing competition. Odom's "crew" is just trying to squeeze out as much money from the Lakers as possible. The Lakers on the other hand, are being stubborn and not falling for the bait.

Odom's agent left the Lakers hanging and sprinkled it with the possibility of Odom going into another team and the Lakers' ownership answered the bluff by withdrawing their offer.

Lamar Odom has to know that his best chance of winning the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy is with the Lakers. If the Lakers unfortunately lose Odom in the near future they still have a chance to go for a repeat without him. The chances will decrease significantly, but the Lakers are still in the mix for the race to the top.

This whole back-in-forth between Lamar Odom and the Lakers will have one party getting the better end unless they can reach a compromise.

Let's hope they reach a compromise for the sake of the Lakers' fans all over the world.