Friday, March 16, 2012

[Sports]: NBA Lamar Odom & Mavericks Part Ways (video)

Lamar Odom arrived in Dallas on Dec. 14. His head and heart never made it from Los Angeles.

"I think when you think about it, that kind of says it all," Odom told reporters on his first day in Dallas referring to how his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, could trade him for virtually nothing to the rival Mavericks. "I guess it was just time from their standpoint. I guess they just felt like, 'To hell with it.'"

That's apparently finally the conclusion Mavs owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle reached following Saturday's 94-89 loss at Memphis. The Mavs were playing shorthanded, yet Odom received just four minutes, all in the first quarter. He played 11 minutes in Friday's home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

And now, the Mavs and Odom are parting ways.

Odom's mind was not on basketball throughout the offseason due to an emotionally difficult summer in his private life. He fell into a deeper mental funk when the Lakers tried to trade him to New Orleans in the proposed blockbuster deal for Chris Paul. Odom admitted he didn't train or work on his game. He contemplated not even playing this season. The Lakers surely knew this about last season's Sixth Man of the Year. Should the Mavs have looked deeper before pulling the trigger?

Maybe. But, that's in the past and now the Mavs, 31-26 and seventh in the West, have only nine game in front of them to get their act together, get in the playoffs and do their best to defend their title.

This move won't fix all the Mavs' issues, and they have several. But removing Odom from the locker room should provide at the least a collective exhale and a clearing of the air. There will be no questions about him, no more trying to defend him when his body language on and off the court told the whole story for all to see.

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