Lamar Odom: From Now On?

Gerald GardnerContributor ISeptember 17, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Lamar Odom of the USA in action during a friendly basketball game between Spain and the USA at La Caja Magica on August 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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  While scoring 15 points 11 boards and one magnificent display of World Champion leadership. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Lamar Odom. Just as his Olympic number 14 was twice that of his N.B.A. jersey number seven, Lamar Odom was twice the basketball player in the F.I.B.A. games. He was a leader, active on defense, opportunistic on offense; he exuded confidence, energy and a host of other assets that his skill set provides. Odom seemed at ease in his role as the veteran leader of the U.S. squad; turning up the temperature on his game during the closing quarter and earning a gold medal in the process. Lamar Odom was not the star of the team, but he did not take a backseat role in the leadership department; instead, Odom played like a player who has seen the big stage and knew what it took to win. The leadership he displayed impacted the game far greater than his stat line. This is the Lamar Odom that needs to show his face in Los Angeles. Lamar can easily assume this role in L.A.; his teammates want him to take this role and Lakers fans around the world have been losing their minds over the thought of what kind of dynasty this group of Lakers would be if L.O. would be this great consistently. There is no need to delve into all of his intangibles because if you know Lamar Odom; you already know his potential and what he is capable of. All that is being asked is that he brings that passion and leadership on the court every night and let the chips fall where they may. No one will ever again question his heart, desire, toughness or love for candy again. People will instead remember what Lamar Odom brought to the table and the impact that it had on the lives of Lakers fans around the world, but also all of the L.O. fans who clamor to see him at his best. Lamar, even the Mamba wants to see this; try it and find out! This is also the comfortable, confident, leader that we all want to see from now on.