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Old 03-14-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Odom article from CBS Sportsline 3/14/08

http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10709353


Odom doing more as lesser option for surging Lakers


March 14, 2008
By Elliott Teaford
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com



Lamar Odom has never been known as a great scorer or shooter. His rebounding and assist totals have never been among the best in the league. He has been the quintessential jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none during his NBA career.
With a slightly diminished role, Lamar Odom has actually increased his productivity. (AP) But the situation has changed significantly since the Lakers traded for center Pau Gasol on Feb. 1. Odom has emerged as an important contributor for a team that frequently has been mentioned as an NBA title contender since the deal.
Odom's averages are up across the board in the 20 games since Gasol's arrival. His shooting has improved. And he has been more efficient and played with more confidence and intensity. Strange as it might seem, Odom's game has improved because he has dropped from the Lakers' No. 2 offensive option behind Kobe Bryant to No. 3 behind Bryant and Gasol. In fact, he sometimes falls to No. 4 or No. 5, depending on whether guard Derek Fisher and/or forward Vladimir Radmanovic have the hot hand from the perimeter.
"He's picking and choosing moments in the game that have been very judicious," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I've been really pleased with the way he's played. He doesn't have to force the action now. He can let the action come to him, and he has the opportunity to seize that moment."
Jackson was a frequent critic of Odom's play during the first three months of the season because he believed the 6-foot-10 forward had more to give the Lakers. Jackson wanted Odom to be more aggressive, to seek out more offensive opportunities.
But Odom's success has come with a modest number of shots; he has averaged only 9.4 since Gasol's arrival.
"I take less shots, which is crazy because sometimes I would take more shots and people would say, 'You're not aggressive enough,'" Odom said, acknowledging Jackson's criticism without mentioning him by name. "It's funny, when you look at the games, my rebounding is probably about the same, but I just take less shots. I think it's just a more efficient game because Pau is such a good passer and the court opens up."
The numbers tell the story.
Odom has averaged 14.7 points since the trade, up from his season average of 13.7. His field-goal percentage has jumped to 63.1 percent from 51.5 for the season. His rebounding average since Feb. 1 is 11.2, up from 10.1. He's also averaging 4.2 assists, up from 3.4.
"It's the efficiency that's surprising me," Odom said. "It's kind of scary because I think I can go have games where I shoot 100 percent from the field."
Odom believes opponents have become so focused on Bryant and Gasol that they tend to lose track of him as the third (or fourth or fifth) option.
Bryant has been the league's leading scorer the past two seasons. He has been the NBA's second-leading scorer for most of this one, trailing only Cleveland's LeBron James. He can beat teams with jumpers and drives to the basket.
Gasol's style is sublime. He plays a versatile game that has enabled him to fit seamlessly into the Lakers' triangle offense. He's a superb passer from the post or the perimeter. He has an array of shots, including hooks with either hand, and can hit jump shots from up to 18 feet. He also runs the court like a guard instead of a 7-foot center.

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http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10709353


Odom doing more as lesser option for surging Lakers


March 14, 2008
By Elliott Teaford
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com



Lamar Odom has never been known as a great scorer or shooter. His rebounding and assist totals have never been among the best in the league. He has been the quintessential jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none during his NBA career.
With a slightly diminished role, Lamar Odom has actually increased his productivity. (AP) But the situation has changed significantly since the Lakers traded for center Pau Gasol on Feb. 1. Odom has emerged as an important contributor for a team that frequently has been mentioned as an NBA title contender since the deal.
Odom's averages are up across the board in the 20 games since Gasol's arrival. His shooting has improved. And he has been more efficient and played with more confidence and intensity. Strange as it might seem, Odom's game has improved because he has dropped from the Lakers' No. 2 offensive option behind Kobe Bryant to No. 3 behind Bryant and Gasol. In fact, he sometimes falls to No. 4 or No. 5, depending on whether guard Derek Fisher and/or forward Vladimir Radmanovic have the hot hand from the perimeter.
"He's picking and choosing moments in the game that have been very judicious," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I've been really pleased with the way he's played. He doesn't have to force the action now. He can let the action come to him, and he has the opportunity to seize that moment."
Jackson was a frequent critic of Odom's play during the first three months of the season because he believed the 6-foot-10 forward had more to give the Lakers. Jackson wanted Odom to be more aggressive, to seek out more offensive opportunities.
But Odom's success has come with a modest number of shots; he has averaged only 9.4 since Gasol's arrival.
"I take less shots, which is crazy because sometimes I would take more shots and people would say, 'You're not aggressive enough,'" Odom said, acknowledging Jackson's criticism without mentioning him by name. "It's funny, when you look at the games, my rebounding is probably about the same, but I just take less shots. I think it's just a more efficient game because Pau is such a good passer and the court opens up."
The numbers tell the story.
Odom has averaged 14.7 points since the trade, up from his season average of 13.7. His field-goal percentage has jumped to 63.1 percent from 51.5 for the season. His rebounding average since Feb. 1 is 11.2, up from 10.1. He's also averaging 4.2 assists, up from 3.4.
"It's the efficiency that's surprising me," Odom said. "It's kind of scary because I think I can go have games where I shoot 100 percent from the field."
Odom believes opponents have become so focused on Bryant and Gasol that they tend to lose track of him as the third (or fourth or fifth) option.
Bryant has been the league's leading scorer the past two seasons. He has been the NBA's second-leading scorer for most of this one, trailing only Cleveland's LeBron James. He can beat teams with jumpers and drives to the basket.
Gasol's style is sublime. He plays a versatile game that has enabled him to fit seamlessly into the Lakers' triangle offense. He's a superb passer from the post or the perimeter. He has an array of shots, including hooks with either hand, and can hit jump shots from up to 18 feet. He also runs the court like a guard instead of a 7-foot center.

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Great story mi amigo....i really cant believe some of our fellow LAKERS fans actually wanted to trade L.O.
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Nice post Alex... good read and it underscores exactly why I have felt that he would be the perfect third option... he's starting to show his real value!


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