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Old 05-19-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Article: OC Register - Odom better suited as member of Lakers' supporting cast

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If you have not been along for this wild ride from the start, here's how it went from the top: Lakers coach Phil Jackson publicly designated Derek Fisher as the team's one for-sure captain, uncertain whether Kobe Bryant would ever happily return one foot from out the door.

When Bryant did come home again, he and Fisher became co-captains, which meant Fisher's arrival bumped Lamar Odom out of that honorable designation he held the past two seasons.

Late Friday night, after the Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference finals, Bryant and Fisher left for the big stage of the media room.

Odom stayed and talked in the cramped locker room about what Bryant and Fisher have provided "The poise and the killer instinct they gave us is incredible," Odom said. And when the room was nearly empty, Odom noted how Bryant and Fisher were on the court far earlier than required Friday to get extra shots up and preparation.

Then Odom talked about how connected the only two Lakers to advance previously beyond the second round have been in conveying the teachings of Jackson and his assistant coaches.

"Kobe and D-Fish are a reflection of them, and we're trying to become a reflection of Kobe and D-Fish and the coaching staff, as well," Odom said. "It's crazy, because what they bring, the leadership that they bring, goes a long, long way. They're proven champions."

Odom's organizational skills are not at that same level, and the revised hierarchy has freed Odom to play a lower-key leadership role more fitting because his personality is more the supportive kind. Odom likes to share and support rather than push and prod.

So even though Odom isn't an official captain, he's the one Laker shouting and encouraging at the center of the team's mosh-style huddle in front of the bench before tipoff.

He has served as the emotional pulse of the team, so it was all the more important that he preplanned himself in the Utah series to lay off the referees and drive the ball hard to the rim. They are two focus-oriented tasks he hasn't always been able to do.

Bryant and Jackson believe Odom is fundamentally more comfortable not trying to be Bryant's main co-star. With Fisher to help lead and with Andrew Bynum first and Pau Gasol second becoming the primary post-up presences Odom has felt less pressure to create offense.






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Old 05-19-2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: Article: OC Register - Odom better suited as member of Lakers' supporting cast

Thanks for the article SoCal..


I love the new L.O. that is finally willing to be aggressive and make use of the stellar basketball abilities that hes always had...
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: Article: OC Register - Odom better suited as member of Lakers' supporting cast

we all know that kobe is the league mvp, but since the all star break you could really make a very strong case for lamar being our mvp. he has finally found his role in the team.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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thanks so cal.. nice read... love LO he's one of the best personalities in the league today
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:33 PM   #5
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If he plays the entire season like he did the 2nd half of the year, he will make the all star team. He has really found his groove finally w/ the Lakers and has made the most of it. Really glad his game has turned on and he is becomming the player we hoped for when he came to LA.
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