Lamar Odom said his meeting with Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Feb. 21 was positive despite the nature of the discussions.

The meeting came the day before the Mavs played the Lakers, a game Odom missed when he returned home to Los Angeles to tend to a personal issue.

"I had to make myself think it was a positive that he's coming to talk to me," Odom said before Monday's game against Oklahoma City. "When you're in this business and when they don't talk to you is when it's a problem."