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Wounds run deep for Lamar Odom

Exit from L.A. hurt, but tragedies off the court left first-year Mav pondering his future

Updated: January 16, 2012, 2:54 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Lamar Odom isn't courting sympathy. He's not seeking pity, or for anyone even to care.

If he's asking for anything at all during arguably his most uninspired stretch of basketball as a professional -- three weeks that have not only coincided with, but are manifested in yet another tragic chapter in his 32 years -- it is simply patience.

As the streaking Dallas Mavericks and the struggling Odom return to Los Angeles on Monday night to face Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the group ...

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