Sweat dripped off Lamar Odom's bald head after he finished an extra workout following the Clippers' practice Tuesday.
Odom stood in a doorway leading into the players' lounge and for a few seconds pondered how he felt about facing the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center for the first time since Dallas sent him home last April before the regular season was over.
"It's just another game," Odom finally said.
But it wasn't just another season for Odom in Dallas.
He was traded by the Lakers to the Mavericks last December, a trade that left Odom disillusioned with the Lakers, a team he had won two NBA championships with and the NBA's sixth man of the year award in 2011.
Odom proceeded to have the worst season of his career, averaging career-lows in points (6.6) and rebounds (4.2) in Dallas.
When asked after practice whether he had any emotions about playing Dallas, Odom said, "Naw."
"It was a blur, man," Odom replied. "I wasn't there either, like mentally."
"The people are nice," Odom said of Dallas. "Great fans.
"Sometimes we make pit stops in some places. I remember the people and the city. Basketball just wasn't there for me at that time."
Clippers' Lamar Odom calls his time with the Mavericks 'a blur'
Los Angeles Times | Dec 5