Lamar Odom Will Accept New Role as Lakers Sixth Man

Ryan WardCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2008

I suppose it was just a matter of time before Lamar Odom would start to come off the bench for the Lakers, but he didn't see it that way as the former all star was furious with coach Phil Jackson decision to have him come off the bench.

It is hard to blame the guy for complaining, when he plays at the top of his game, Lamar is as good as anyone in the league at his position. The problem is his tends to be a very streaky and inconsistent. His biggest gripe about coming off the bench to start this season is that he is in a contract year and needs to make an impression to continue making the big money in the future.

Although Odom wasn't happy with his new role on the team to start the preseason, he realized soon after that it was all for the best and apologized for his little outburst.

"That was my alter-ego talking," he said. "That's Odom, not Lamar. Seriously, I'm being dead serious. Lamar's a good locker room dude. I don't want to be detrimental to the team, especially when it's a championship-caliber team."

Sounds a little crazy, but at least he isn't demanding a trade or creating anymore drama in Lakerland.

Hopefully, this will be exactly what Odom needs to keep him motivated and playing up to his potential this season. At first, it sounded like a bad idea to me, but after thinking about what it could do for Odom's game it seems like the right approach for Phil Jackson.