Lamar Odom has been the center of attention since the Lakers traded him to Dallas before the 2011-12 season. His marriage to Khloe Kardashian landed him on television and in the tabloids, but his presence in the box score wasn't matching the hype. Even a trade to the Clippers this past offseason, giving him a fresh start in a city he's comfortable in, didn't pull him immediately out of box score mediocrity. But Saturday night at Staples Center, the media gathered around Odom, not wanting to talk about Hollywood or his latest fragrance. They wanted to talk to Odom about a season-best 18-point game in the Clippers' victory over the Utah Jazz. "Without that game he has tonight, we don't win," Clippers guard Chris Paul said. "I think Matt Barnes said he went to the 'Hot Tub Time Machine' tonight. He came out there and was the Lamar Odom that everyone around here has grown to love." Odom's 18 points were the most he'd scored since he finished with 19 in a game for the Mavericks on Jan. 27, 2012. His 15 shot attempts were the most he'd taken since his second-to-last game with the Lakers in 2011. "That's definitely a game-changer for us if we can keep Lamar playing like he did tonight," Chauncey Billups said. "He was being aggressive and made plays, but it wasn't that he just made shots. He was aggressive. "If we can get him going like that, it's a weapon for us. It's the weapon we always wanted since we got him here." Paul said if Odom stays aggressive, "he's a nightmare for other teams." Odom's lost between 25-30 pounds since the start of the season, but that weight loss caused Odom to have to make adjustments. And those adjustments take time. "You go through a process where your mechanics change when you're not in playing shape," Odom said. "When you get back, you have to get your mechanics back, your flow, your rhythm, the way you move. It's humbling. "The game is humbling. But all you can do is keep at it." Saturday, Odom hit a pair of 3-point shots and a few others from the perimeter, giving the Clippers the stretch four they coveted since the offseason.
Odom gives glimpse of the weapon Clippers wanted
Orange County Register | Feb 25