A Memo To Lamar Odom, From a Laker Fan

Matt SmithCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  The Los Angeles Lakers led by Lamar Odom #7 in the middle gather before taking on the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


To: Lamar Odom

Cc: Jeff Schwartz, Jerry Buss, Mitch Kupchak

From: A Laker Fan

Re: The Big Picture

Hey guys, we know contract negotiations sometimes get rough, but I just want to make sure we are all looking at the big picture.  

Lamar, I know this is business. Since a pro athlete can only play for so many years, you need to maximize your earnings, so you don't just want to settle for anything.  

But if I'm hearing correctly, you are asking for $10 million and the Lakers were offering $8 million. They have now raised their offer to $9 million.

There is also the issue of how many years on the contract, but it sounds like the Lakers have tried to meet you in the middle.  

As a regular person who doesn't make millions, it may be a little hard to relate; but isn't $9 million a year playing for the Lakers with a chance to win Championships every year worth more to you than $10 million on a lesser team?  

I know sometimes the critics harp on your shortcomings, but in my opinion you are the glue that keeps this team together. Kobe is the "Superstar", Pau's an "All-Star", and now Ron-Ron is the "muscle".

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But you—along with D-Fish—are the guys that on and off the court, whether starting or coming off the bench, bind this team together.  

Now you could go somewhere else and put up better numbers with more minutes, but you have a chance to win multiple rings and cement your legacy as a WINNER.

The weapons on this team are ridiculous and the relative youth gives the Lakers about a five-year window as a top tier contender. You love LA and LA loves you, so talk to your agent and call Mitch Kupchak and make this happen.

In my opinion, with LA being the entertainment capital of the world, have your agent Jeff Schwartz start working the phones with every major candy company in the world. Have him get you a lucrative endorsement deal if you need some supplemental income.

If Patrick Ewing is getting Snickers money with that horrible commercial, your agent should be fired if he can't capitalize off all those candy stories the media was running during the playoffs.

I know Jerry Buss has pulled his offer from the table, I guess out of frustration. Well Jerry and Mitch, 6-foot-10 point forwards that can play almost every position on the court and average double-doubles don't grow on trees. Get that deal back on the table and make this happen; whatever luxury tax you will pay in the coming years is well worth it.  

All parties involved need to calm down, stop taking this personally, and understand that Lamar Odom on the Lakers is the best situation for both Odom and the organization.