Lamar Odom Is a Keeper!

Adrain ParkerContributor IApril 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Lamar Odom #7 (L) and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers have a playful moment on the bench after Odom fouled out of the game with the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center November 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 116-109.    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)

Lamar Odom is a starter on all teams within the NBA, except...The Lakers...and the only reason he is not starting is because he is still getting 30 minutes a night, and it really doesn't matter if he starts because you can believe he will be on the court when the game is finished.

Teams that could use him next year would be Sacramento, Golden State, and New Jersey, and Lebron would love Odom in Cleveland as his starting four.

This highly skilled player can go anywhere he wants to and still command $9-10 million a year.  This is because there are not a lot of players who can bring his versatility night in and night out. 

People fail to realize this guy has been through one crisis after another the last few years.  He lost his son in a drowning incident, and his grand mother before that.  That had to take away an awful lot of love for the game of basketball. 

I, for one, probably couldn't have even come back to my regular job, let alone play basketball at the level he plays.  The Lakers will need to pony-up in the upcoming year, because you don't learn the triangle overnight, so unless they are hoping Andrew evolves into a monster over the summer, they need to pay Mr. Odom for his services...  

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