Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Mavs’ surly ex, Lamar, is back in town with his new fling
Oh, apparently he can "keep up" now.
DALLAS American Airlines Center will be no place for any warm and fuzzy feelings Tuesday night.
Lamar Odom will be back in town with the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time since his departure from the Mavericks late last season, when he essentially quit on the team, turning his acquisition into one of the worst transactions in franchise history.
Remember, there’s still a first-round draft pick that has to go somewhere (to Oklahoma City, at the moment), sometime between now and 2018 that’s like nasty residue from the Odom fiasco.
That draft pick is protected through No. 20 until 2017. If it hasn’t been sent along by then, it goes to the Thunder no matter whether it’s No. 1 or No. 30.
Anyway, Odom’s return won’t be anything like Jason Terry’s standing-ovation tribute.
“Jet came over and gave me a hug,” coach Rick Carlisle said.
There shouldn’t be any hugs for Odom, who betrayed the franchise.
It won’t even be like Deron Williams’ game at AAC last week, when he was booed at the start, then largely ignored.
This year, he’s been a decent reserve for the Clippers, averaging 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. Those numbers aren’t that much different than the 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds he averaged in 50 games for the Mavericks. But it was the body language, the lack of effort and the general perception that he just didn’t want to be with the Mavericks.
“He’s in a situation that’s really perfect for him,” Carlisle said. “He’s a defender, rebounder and can play off of other people. He’s having a really good year for them.”
That’s the diplomatic thing to say.
Maverick fans know differently.
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