After Sunday’s practice in Memphis, Lamar Odom chatted with reporters about topics ranging from: matching up with the Grizzlies; Zach Randolph and the advantages of being a lefty; why he loves watching college basketball; old Air Jordan, Bo Jackson and Andre Agassi sneakers; and why he wasn’t surprised to be left off the All-Star team.
Most was typical Odom.
He is, after all, among the league’s best and most accessible interviews, so it was no surprise that he spent nearly 15 minutes discussing this, that and the other thing with reporters while six of his teammates* played a heated game of 3-on-3 as the coaching staff looked on. And while sneakers, hoops and scouting reports are frequent topics, he hasn’t been accustomed to the feeling of being an All-Star snub, even if it wasn’t a surprise.
*Luke Walton, Steve Blake and Joe Smith beat Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter.
“I didn’t expect it,” Odom said, though he does feel that his play warranted a slot. “When you think about the way it goes … Love and Griffin got the nod, and they should have. They played long minutes, and they have the stats for it. They deserved it.”
Odom didn’t want to compare himself with Griffin or Love, both of whom are putting up their numbers on teams with 16 (the Clippers) and 24 (the Timberwolves) fewer victories than the Lakers’ 35, but he did acknowledge if not fully embrace that things may have been different were there not two other All-Stars on his team. And if you take Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol off the team, Odom doesn’t have two championship rings. In other words, it’s all good in his world.
“It’s just the way it is,” he said. “It’s something that you’d like to do, but if you don’t, you move on and focus on winning a championship.”