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Lamar Odom can be key as 8th man

It's not about numbers but helping Mavs win another championship for power forward

Updated: February 16, 2012, 11:12 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Lamar Odom doesn't look so bad in a Dallas Mavericks uniform if you just lower your expectations.

Forget the Sixth Man of the Year standard Odom established with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavs will be satisfied if Odom establishes himself as a great eighth man in Dallas.

This has nothing to do with hurt feelings from being dumped by the Lakers or longing to be in L.A. That's a sexy storyline for a reality show star, but it had little, if anything, to do with Odom's awful ...

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