Lamar Odom: Sixth Man of the Year

As long time Lakers analyst Stu Lantz introduced Lamar Odom as the 2010-11 Sixth Man of the Year, several of his teammates, led by Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, stood up to offer a standing ovation.

Odom, often content to just fit in and put the spotlight on others, was both flattered and embarrassed.

What you’ll doin’, man! … sit down, man … get outta here, man. I don’t even know what to say besides thank you to my family, my wife, my mother in law, my extended family, my teammates. It’s been a long time coming. I just kept at it. I’ve learned so much from the dudes in my locker room, Derek and Kobe, and at the end of the day I’m blessed to be around you guys. To play with so many great, talented players — Pau (Gasol), Shannon (Brown), Luke (Walton). You’re my boys, man. There’s a couple of people that I wish was here to see it, you know … but I just want to let you’ll know I’m thankful, man.

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