Lamar Odom says give him, team some time
Odom acknowledges it's been a rough start with the Dallas Mavericks. In two games he has two field goals and 10 points -- although he is second on the team with 11 rebounds -- but, he said he is committed to the Mavs and that any reminiscing about his old club, the Los Angeles Lakers, is ancient history.
"That’s the way it has to be," Odom said after the morning shootaround in preparation for tonight's game at the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I’m a loyal person and I owe it to the organization, to Mark [Cuban], to Donnie [Nelson], and the coach and the guys on this team to come out here and focus on being a Maverick."
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said any notion of Odom being disinterested is not apparent in his work ethic.
"Lamar’s working. He came in on the off day and worked for two hours," Carlisle said. "He came in this morning before shootaround and worked. We’re going to get it right."
Carlisle said it is his job to expedite Odom's adjustment period and that the coaching staff is working on ways to do that.
"We’re working every day with him," Carlisle said. "We’re tweaking things we feel we can tweak with the entire team and my job is to make it a shorter adjustment period if we can and that’s what we’re working toward."
The adjustment initially appeared as though it would be seamless after Odom stepped right in and produced 14 points and seven rebounds against the Thunder in the first preseason game. But, after he made his first shot, a 3-pointer, in the season-opener against the Miami Heat, Odom is just 1-of-15 from the floor.
It also must be noted that the Mavs as a whole have been out of sorts and the offense has been stagnant and unable to get into any consistent flow.
"It takes time," Odom said. "When I watch the games, the teams that look comfortable are the teams that prior to this season had a couple games with each other. So, therefore, we’re learning on the fly. You can’t panic, but yet you still have to focus and we’ve got to find a way to pull a couple out. That way we can kind of keep everything balanced. We don’t want to dig a hole."
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