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KB-Pau-DH2012
01-15-2012, 02:57 AM
http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7463601/dallas-mavericks-lamar-odom-says-was-real-close-walking-away-game-offseason

As his Martin Luther King Day reunion with the Los Angeles Lakers approaches, Lamar Odom has revealed that he was "real close" to walking away from the game for a season -- or perhaps longer -- well before his December trade to the Dallas Mavericks.

"Real close," Odom said when asked Saturday how close he came to asking the Lakers for a season-long sabbatical.

"My wife talked me out of it.

"Cause I was asking myself: 'Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn't play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?' I had thought, 'Maybe I need a year.' Because of the lockout, I thought, 'Maybe somebody's sending me a sign that I needed this time off.'

"(But) when I told some of my friends and my family that I was thinking about steppin' back for a minute, I think the reaction from the closest people to me kind of gave me the energy to get back at it."

Odom returns to L.A. for Monday night's Mavericks-at-Lakers showdown in the worst on-court funk of his career. After totaling nine points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 99-60 rout of the Sacramento Kings, Odom is still averaging just 6.6 points and 4.8 boards in a career-low 19.8 minutes per game.

He's spoken openly about his struggles adapt to his new team after seven seasons with the Lakers and the fact that he's not yet in the shape he needs to be, but Odom insists that his sub-par production is not because he's still struggling to accept the fact that the Lakers dealt him away.

Odom says he's "blessed" to be playing for the Mavericks -- given that the Lakers could have sent him anywhere -- but points out that he didn't play nearly as much in the offseason as he normally would have after the two tragedies in July. Going into last season, which saw the 32-year-old win NBA Sixth Man Award honors for the first time in his career, Odom played all summer for Team USA as a prelude.

Odom has never denied that he was initially stung deeply by the news that the Lakers agreed to trade him to New Orleans in December in a three-team deal with the Hornets and Houston Rockets that would have sent Chris Paul to L.A. NBA commissioner David Stern, acting on behalf of the league-owned Hornets, overruled New Orleans' basketball people and killed the deal, which soon led to Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, brokering a trade to Dallas that would give the crushed Odom an opportunity to start over fresh.

But Odom, dismissing the notion of a trade hangover, said Saturday that the events of July made him realize "how much I wasn't over some of the things that I went through (in life)," most notably the death of 6-month-old son Jayden in 2006 from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

"I thought it was good time for me to take a step back," Odom said of his sabbatical idea. Asked if he imagined it as just a one-season break, Odom added: "I don't know. 'Cause who knows where time away is gonna take you? You never know."

Odom, though, has expressed confidence in recent days that his sharpness will gradually start to return.

On Friday he told local reporters: "We play a game and get critiqued for what we do. So when I’m not doing a good job, you tell me about it and you write about it, it makes no difference. The last couple of years I took a lot of pride in preparing myself to play at a high level, but sometimes things happen in life. Basketball is a humbling game, it will humble you. But I keep trying to prepare and get myself ready to get better and better and better as the year goes on.

"It’s so funny how like six or seven games -- (after) eight, nine, 10 games -- people will try to like erase your whole body of work. But I guess this is really a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately type of business. But that’s part of the pressure that kind of keeps us ready and eager to try to perform at a high level, too. All you’ve got to do is have a couple of good games and you'll be the best thing since sliced bread."

On Saturday, Odom added: "I got a son (Lamar Jr.) that loves the game. And there's some things I still got to do to keep his love up. And a nephew. My nephew's 11 and my son is 10 and they're best friends.

"What I do is like no longer for myself. It's for my family, for these kids in my neighborhood, for the kids that I take care of that are not mine. I'm gonna try to keep it going as long as I can play at a certain level."

Odom's future in Dallas is uncertain even if he rallies and plays well this season, given the Mavericks' well-chronicled intention to create as much salary-cap space as possible in the summer of 2012 for the pursuit of marquee free agents such as Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. The Mavericks can buy out Odom's $8.2 million salary in 2012-13 with a payment of $2.4 million by June 29.

phoenix_bladen
01-15-2012, 02:59 AM
I think he needs to leave the game now

iggypop123
01-15-2012, 03:13 AM
i think once khloe told him "you do know i cant make enough to support us" he quickly changed his tune

MacFitz92
01-15-2012, 03:22 AM
For my own, selfish, reasons I'm glad he is a Maverick. He's a great addition and creates mismatches, as well as improves others' game. He's been through a lot, as most do during their life; he'll probably be glad of the decisions he made, because you can't play basketball forever.

I just hope everything is going right for him mentally.

Ray_R
01-15-2012, 04:14 AM
Odom needs to stop acting like a ***** and stop catching feeling for being traded originally by the lakers to the hornets. Trades are part of the business and their are only a few players that should get upset to be on the verge of being traded. Lebron, Rose, Durant for example.

theheatles
01-15-2012, 11:09 AM
...and the car service he was riding around in was in an accident that killed a 15 yr old boy too, that's traumatic stuff, no matter how much money you have

llemon
01-15-2012, 05:57 PM
So many people have suffered tragedy in their lives, some tragedies that were far worse that what Odom suffered through, although I'm not trying to say Lamar doesn't have every right to be upset.

But most people that suffer these kind of tragedies, after the shock wears off, have to suck it up and go back to regular life, because if they don't there will be more tragedy around the corner, like not being able to support your family or pay your rent.

And most of these victims of tragedy don't get to have a public forum to express their grief and their problems to a nation.

I believe Michael Jordan responded to his grief by having his team post the best record in NBA history, and winning 3 Titles.

But hey, everyone is different.

Cfrey
01-15-2012, 07:33 PM
So many people have suffered tragedy in their lives, some tragedies that were far worse that what Odom suffered through, although I'm not trying to say Lamar doesn't have every right to be upset.

But most people that suffer these kind of tragedies, after the shock wears off, have to suck it up and go back to regular life, because if they don't there will be more tragedy around the corner, like not being able to support your family or pay your rent.

And most of these victims of tragedy don't get to have a public forum to express their grief and their problems to a nation.

I believe Michael Jordan responded to his grief by having his team post the best record in NBA history, and winning 3 Titles.

But hey, everyone is different.

Come on man let's have some sympathy for the man. Not everyone deals with situations the same way and having these things happen to you as a professional sports player is a lot different I think in my opinion

Cfrey
01-15-2012, 07:37 PM
and actually llemon didn't even read your full post until now and just realized your MJ comment.. after his dad died he retired from the game......

KB-Pau-DH2012
01-15-2012, 07:45 PM
Yes Lamar Odom is an emotional guy, but the man is a good man. We should really lay off of him and just let him workout his personal issues. All he needs is some time and space. I think any one of us would be fortunate to have a person of his heart and soul on our favorite basketball team. The Lakers were blessed to have him the last 7 yrs.

spreadeagle
01-15-2012, 08:09 PM
Seems like he doesnt really wanna play anymore


Lost in discussions of his mental state on the floor and history, as well as the turmoil over a rejected trade that wasn’t good for two of the three teams anyway has been the fact that Lamar Odom had a rough summer. He was driving to the funeral of a cousin when his driver accidentally hit someone with the car. It’s been a rough year. So much so that Odom told ESPN he nearly took a year off from the game:

Left reeling by the July murder of his 24-year-old cousin and a fatal car accident days later that killed a teen pedestrian after the car he was riding in as a passenger collided with a motorcycle, Odom told ESPN.com that he had to be convinced by wife Khloe Kardashian to scrap his plans for a hiatus.

“Real close,” Odom said when asked Saturday how close he came to asking the Lakers for a season-long sabbatical.

“My wife talked me out of it.

“Cause I was asking myself: ‘Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn’t play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?’ I had thought, ‘Maybe I need a year.’ Because of the lockout, I thought, ‘Maybe somebody’s sending me a sign that I needed this time off.’

“(But) when I told some of my friends and my family that I was thinking about steppin’ back for a minute, I think the reaction from the closest people to me kind of gave me the energy to get back at it.”




Odom also talks about how he’s no longer doing this ” for himself but for his family.” There’s definitely a separation in terms of motivation for Odom, based on both his recent experiences and the trade to Dallas.

It’s easy to get lost in the basketball aspects of the game while ignoring the very real texture of these players as human beings who go through things like anyone does in their life, albeit with more money and less struggle. But the concern with Odom is that his heart very much does not seem into it any more. His play is lethargic and his conditioning has been bad. It’s easy to point the finger and torch him from a comfortable seat in front of a computer, but clearly Odom’s hurting. Basketball is not, and has not been the most important thing in his life for some time. That has consequences on his game.

It’s not time for Odom to hang it up. But a step away might not be the worst thing for him, just to clear his head and reset his priorities. He’s been through enough to warrant it. He’s only human after all.

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/15/lamar-odom-nearly-took-sabbatical-this-season-over-personal-isssues/

Cfrey
01-15-2012, 08:11 PM
already a thread but come on man... the personal issues far exceed pro basketball..

doesn't wanna play?? that's pretty bold of you

kjoke
01-15-2012, 08:17 PM
LOL. This is Odom milking it. He's learning from his wife.

KB-Pau-DH2012
01-15-2012, 08:20 PM
http://forums.prosportsdaily.com/showthread.php?t=686362

Lakeshow24KB
01-15-2012, 08:42 PM
^^^Jesus you got 1k posts in a month!