Odom's last two games have again put his performance and his desire into question. In the loss at New York, Odom went 1-of-6 from the floor and committed a horrible turnover that led a slam dunk at the end of the third quarter to further the Knicks' comeback.
Monday against Boston, Odom was just 2-of-8 shooting. In both games, he didn't even log a full 20 minutes.
Still, Carlisle on Monday night propped up Odom and said that the 13-year veteran has shown vast improvement since the first 15 games.
"His summer was rough, he wasn’t in shape when he got here, all that’s been documented," Carlisle said. "What I can talk to you about is what I’ve seen and I saw the first 15 games and I’ve seen the last 16 or whatever it’s been, and there’s been marked improvement. But, if we’re looking for a guy that’s going to dazzle on a night-in, night-out basis with gaudy stats and a bunch of fancy stuff, that’s not who he is as a player and that’s not who he’s been as a player."
Carlisle based his statement on Odom's stats per 36 minutes, which extrapolate a player's statistics over 36 minutes, or the typical minutes logged by a starting player in a game.
Carlisle said to stop expecting the spectacular from Odom and to better understand the nuance of his game. He called him a consistent player throughout his career, but not one that is going to stuff the box score on a nightly basis.