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The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the best teams in the NBA for an extremely long time. The majority of the media attention, if not all, has always been focused on Kobe Bryant, his troubles and his accomplishments.
Some of the leftover media scraps have been left to the players like Gasol and Ron-Ron. There is no doubt that those players are vital to the success of the Lakers, but there has been one player who has gone unnoticed in the grand scheme of things and that has been Lamar Odom.
Lamar Odom has been with the Lakers since 2004 and has been used as a bench player and as a starter when players have gotten injured. Although he has been a bench player, his numbers have always been consistent and good.
Personally, I have always thought that Odom had the best chance of getting triple-doubles. He has been average when it comes to points, but his rebounds and assists numbers have been spectacular, especially considering his size. He displays great leadership and commitment. He plays with passion, fire, intensity, and enthusiasm. He is vital to the success of the Lakers and their hopes of a three-peat.
Odom, because of the players that surround him, gets little media attention or recognition.