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Lamar Odom ready to face L.A. Lakers

DALLAS -- In his last game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Lamar Odom exited early as a result of being ejected for a forearm shiver delivered to Dirk Nowitzki out of frustration long after the figurative brooms had been busted out in their Western Conference semifinal series.

The Dallas Mavericks' superstar is more than willing to sweep that moment under the rug for Odom, his new teammate.

Nowitzki, who went on to be named Finals MVP as the Mavericks won their first world championship, has never been one to hold a grudge. Soon after Odom's arrival in Dallas, Nowitzki was joking with his new teammate about that tense incident, for which Odom publicly apologized immediately after the game.

"I think he has forgiven me," Odom said with a smile. "Hopefully, I can make up for it."

Meanwhile, Odom is eyeing the Mavericks' first matchup against the Lakers, which will take place Jan. 16 in a nationally televised game in Los Angeles.

It certainly could be an awkward homecoming for Odom, who was quickly and surprisingly traded by the Lakers to the Mavs last Saturday night after talks for Chris Paul collapsed.

The 6-foot-10 forward, who spent seven seasons with the Lakers, said he doesn't believe he'll feel any pressure to show up his former team.

"I wouldn't think I'd have to do that, even if I never have a good game again. I think they know that," Odom said. "I just go out and play my game. I'm kind of past that stage.

"I'm here to succeed, have fun. I won't get too caught up in that. I'll just go out and play my game, help the team I play with to win."

Dallas swept Odom and the Lakers out of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season.

"They kicked our butt pretty good," Odom said. "They gave it to us, and hopefully we keep that going."

The Mavs and Lakers meet four times during the 66-game schedule this season.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com contributed to this report.