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GOODBYE ODOM!

The Dallas Mavericks have finally sent Lamar Odom on his way. After months of Odom playing as if he couldn’t care less, the Mavs have parted ways with him. The Mavericks meet with Odom on Easter Sunday April 9, 2012 and decided on a parting plan. Odom said, “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.” Dallas decided not to released Odom but he will not be allowed to practice or play with the Mavericks. For the rest of the season the Mavs will list Odom as “inactive”.  By not releasing Odom, Dallas will get the chance to possibly trade Lamar Odom at the end of the season. Cuban is still resbonsible for the rest of Lamar Odom’s salary this year. If Dallas still has Lamar Odom on their roster on June 29th they will have to pay him another $2.4 million to buy out his contract. If the Mavs buy out Odom’s contract he will no longer be with the team.

When asked about Odom, Jason Terry, Maverick #31, said “It’s a tough situation. It’s always tough to adjust to a new situation. And for whatever reason it didn’t work out for him. We wish him the best. He’s a great dude.”

Now the Dallas Mavericks are ready to move forward. The president of operations for the Mavericks, Donnie Nelson said, “He’s (Lamar) dealt with a lot of personal issues. At this point, we need to be able to count on some things. It’s never easy to do these things. We just need to move on.” Coach Carlisle said, “I really feel that we have other guys that are ready to step up. So that’s what we’ll do.”

This is the best decision the Dallas Mavericks have made all year. Lamar Odom has had a season low and did not play to his best ability for the Mavs. Donnie Nelson said, “Lamar hasn’t performed like he wants to perform and is capable of performing.” Many stood up for Lamar when they would refer to the 0-7 record of games he missed. Even coach Carlisle would talk about how the Dallas Mavericks have lost every game that Lamar did not play in. But Tim McMahon with ESPNDallas.com pointed out the fact that in all 7 of those games either Kidd or West were missing as well. Odom just never played with any heart. He pouted and just went through the motions the whole time he was on the court. I maybe saw him play with effort only 1 or 2 games out of the 50 he played in.  I also feel that there was just no connection with this Dallas team and a lot of miss trust amongst them. I believe that Lamar Odom had a lot to do with those negative vibes. I think the Mavs will be a lot better now that he is gone. The team can now start working with each other and build a trust with the whole team. I am very excited to see where the Mavs will go from here, so Goodbye Lamar.

UPDATE: Rumors have spread that Lamar Odom and Dirk had a fight during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday night. This rumor is untrue and even grew to not only a verbal fight but a fist fight as well. But all of this was made up. Later today the truth came out. There was a verbal confrontation during that game but it was not against Dirk and Odom, it was between the owner Mark Cuban and Lamar Odom. During half time Cuban approached Odom and asked him “in or out?” Sources say that Lamar got mad about this and then did not return to the bench until after the third quarter started. This was probably the last straw for the Dallas Mavericks, and that is why the decision was made on Sunday.

Lamar Odom left Dallas yesterday to head back to LA. At DFW Airport he was seen wearing an LA Lakers championship t-shirt and his LA Lakers championship ring. This says a lot about how much he really cared to be in Dallas. What a PUNK!

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7791431/dallas-mavericks-lamar-odom-sever-ties-immediately

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7793017/lamar-odom-tired-dallas-mavericks-act-had-end

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/7796599/sources-lamar-odom-argued-dallas-mavericks-owner-mark-cuban

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Lamar Odom Takes Time Off

On Wednesday February 22, 2012 Lamar Odom, #7 on the Dallas Mavericks,  took some time off before the Mavs played the LA Lakers that night in Dallas which the Mavs had lost. Many that work for ESPN wrote in their blogs that a source stated that Lamar took the absence to attend to his father who was ill. Some say he was only expected to miss that night’s game and report back to the Mavs for their practice on Monday February 27, 2012 after the All-Star Weekend.  But Lamar did not report back to the Mavs that Monday, and that few days away turned into a week.

The Mavs played the New Jersey Nets Tuesday February 28th and the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday February 29th losing both of those games. During this time Carlisle said he hoped to hear from Lamar on Thursday with an update. Also rumors began to circulate that Lamar was looking for a buyout or wanting to retire. A buyout is when the Mavs pay Lamar some or all of the money left on his contract. The Lamar would leave the team and after a few days could talk to other teams about joining their team. Mark Cuban said, “We’re not going to do that (buyout). That’s not the way we work. We try to find what the problem is and fix it.”

Finally on Wednesday March 1, 2012, while the Mavericks were in Memphis for their game, Mark Cuban met with Lamar Odom and his agent Jeff Schwartz in Dallas. During the meeting Lamar and his agent asked Mark if Lamar could go to the D-League and play during Saturday’s game and then return to the Mavs on Sunday. They believed this would help him get back into shape and then return to the Mavericks. Mark agreed.

Friday March 2, 2012 the Coach finally spoke his mind. While speaking on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas Radio on “Galloway and Company.” Coach Carlisle said, “I’m disappointed with the way the whole thing’s gone,” talking about the whole situation. He continued, “We’ve worked hard with this kid. I’m a patient guy, Mark is a patient guy, Donnie is a patient guy, our team is a patient team, but patience has worn thin here.” Rick also says, “When he comes back, we’re going to find out very quickly where things are at. He’s going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he’s in.” Coach talks about how Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, is a great owner. Rick says, “Mark asks a fundamental question of anybody that’s involved with our franchise: Are they in or are they not in?” Coach Rick Carlisle says, “Our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire, and we haven’t seen that so far. And that’s got to change.” From this interview I got the impression that Coach Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks are ready to see Lamar start playing like he wants to be a part of the team.

To listen to Rick Carlisle on Galloway and Company click here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/dallas/play?id=7639481

Also that Friday after morning shoot around in New Orleans Jason Kidd, #2 for the Dallas Mavericks, talked to Tim McMahon with ESPNDallas.com. Kidd said, “Trust factor is always big,” when asked about the situation with Lamar. Kidd continues, “For that, he’s going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play.” After this, Friday night the Mavs lost their 4th game in a row, and headed back to Dallas to get ready to play again Saturday night.

Saturday March 3, 2012 before Lamar was going to attend the Maverick’s D-League shoot around to practice before the game, but was recalled back up to play with the Mavericks that night. It is said that the Mavs called Lamar back up because they need him. That night before the game Lamar Odom apologized to the team. He did not explain the personal issue that took him away from the team for so long, but Lamar did say, “Mark Cuban is a great owner for understanding. Sometimes we have to fix whatever’s going on off the court in order for us to fix what’s going on on the court.” Then Lamar Odom expressed how he needed his teammates.

The Mavs played the Utah Jazz that night in Dallas. The Mavs finally got a win. When Lamar was announced to enter the game the crowed was divided with boos and cheers, maybe even more cheers than boos. I was surprised by this, because I thought that his actions would have upset more fans. Lamar was not good in the first only playing 8 minutes and made 2 points and got one rebound. Then in the second half he did a lot better making 7 more points, 4 more rebounds, and even had 3 assists.

When the game was over Coach Carlisle described Odom’s game as “awesome” and said, “This is by far the most energy he’s played with the entire year and I don’t think it’s close.” Carlisle added, “He was into it. But now that he’s done it, he’s got to do it again and again and again. He’s got to do it 28 times before the playoffs, and he can do it. I’m fully convinced that he can do it.”

I hope the Coach is right and Lamar has figured things out and can stay focused on the court and play to his best ability again. With all that has happened he does not seem trustworthy. I don’t believe he will consistently play well for the Dallas Mavericks.  I feel that with what has happened it just shows everyone how much he really cares about this team. I feel that if you really wanted to be a part of a team you would not just leave for so long and would keep everyone posted about what is going on. I do not think it is right that he is being so secretive about his “personal issues.” Yes it is ok to keep it a secret from fans and media but not from your teammates, coach, and owner. The team has a right to not trust Lamar. Though I highly doubt it, maybe this time off helped Lamar and he is now going to be able to focus and play like he cares.

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The Dallas Mavericks New Comers

After the lockout was over, the Dallas Mavericks did not make much of an offer to their own free agents. With the Mavs trying not to go over the salary cap with the new CBA terms this year, Mark Cuban only offered a 1-year contract to Tyson Chandler and Jose Juan Barea, but they were looking for a long-term contract. Tyson and JJ declined the offer from the Mavs and went to different teams. Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson also went to new teams. Then came the news of Peja Stojakovic’s retirement. Also, the Mavs traded Rudy Frenandez and Corey Brewer for a second round draft pick in 2016. The Dallas Mavericks were only able to sign back one player from last year to a one year contract and that was Brian Cardinal.

Between the departure Tyson, JJ, DeShawn, Caron, and Cory and the 6 new players that the Mavericks have signed (Lamar Odom, Delonte West, Vince Carter, Sean Williams, Brandon Write, and Yi Jianlian) there is a lot of adjustment to be made for this new team. After watching the Dallas Mavericks play the first 16 games of the season, I have developed my own opinion on each new player.

Delonte West – I believe he is a great addition to this Mavericks team, and a great replacement for JJ. This guy can shoot, steal, drive to the basket, make assists, and so much more. I love how hard and energetic he plays on the court. He is fast and aggressive. Delonte West came to Dallas jumping right into this team and is doing great! West did outstanding as a starter while filling in for Kidd when he was hurt. I would really like to see the Mavs sign West to a longer contract if he keeps out of trouble off the court.

Vince Carter – I have also been impressed with Carter. He has a great shot and plays hard. Vince Carter came to Dallas and just fit right in as well. He is not afraid to pull up and take risky shots. Carter also looks to be a good addition to the team.

Brandon Wright – I think Wright seems to be a good player as well. He gets into the game and gets rebounds, dunks, and does not have a bad shot either. I look forward to seeing what else Wright can do and brings to this team for the rest of this season.

Sean Williams – I have only seen Williams play a few minutes in a few games, but over all, I like what I saw. Coming off the bench, he is energetic, aggressive, and focused. Williams comes into the game and blocks, dunks, and gets the offensive and defensive rebounds. He really plays hard when the coach puts him in. The only thing Williams needs is to be coached and helped to not make so many silly fouls. That will come in time, I am sure!

Lamar Odom – I have not liked Odom thus far. I was really hoping to see a lot more from him, and have been really disappointed. About the first 10 games as a Maverick and getting minutes in all of them, Lamar Odom just has this “I don’t really care, I am too good for this, and don’t even want to be here” look on his face and his actions also reflected it. I still see that look and attitude, but have also seen glimpses of Odom trying a little more to be part of the team in the last maybe 6 games. Even with every teammate trying to include Odom, I just don’t see him making much of an effort for this team. I know he has been through a lot, but I feel that if he really was trying it would show a lot more. West has been through a lot too, but you don’t see him pouting and letting things affect his game. I hope this changes but I guess we will see as the season goes on.

Yi Jianlian– I have only seen Yi play in the last few games – getting very little minutes if any, so I have not yet formed an opinion about Yi. I do, however, like that he has said he is excited to be in Dallas.

Maybe The Dallas Mavericks don’t have the same team from last year, but I still believe the Mavs have a fighting chance at another title.

 

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