Lamar Odom set to return for Clips
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom went through his second straight day of practice Tuesday and if he gets through Wednesday's shootaround without a setback, he is expected to play in the Clippers' season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
"He practiced today a little bit more and we'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll make that decision tomorrow before the game," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He hasn't practiced in a while but he's looking good."
Odom had missed two weeks of practice and the Clippers' past five preseason games before Monday after recovering from bone bruises in his knees and getting himself back in shape after coming into training camp overweight. He last played in Shanghai on Oct. 15, when the Clippers beat the Miami Heat 99-89 and had four points, three assists and two rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
Odom said after Monday's practice that he anticipated playing in the season opener.
"I feel good; I still know how to play," Odom said. "For the record, I think I'll be the Lamar of 2010. People keep saying, 'What Lamar are you going to get?' Let's see, 2000 I was on the All-Rookie Team, I was Sixth Man of the Year, my year in Miami was pretty good. When I look at my resume, I see some really solid stuff. ... Hopefully, I'll be the Lamar of 2010, not Dallas Lamar, the old Lamar."
Odom's return for the season opener would come at a perfect time for the Clippers after the NBA announced that forward Matt Barnes would be suspended for the Clippers' first game without pay after he pleaded no contest in California state court to resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer in the discharge of his duties in late July.
Barnes wasn't made available after going through Tuesday's practice but addressed his situation with ESPNLosAngeles.com before the start of the season.
"I went through some stuff this summer, legally, that just got handled the other day. It was a mess and a joke, really," Barnes said. "They were saying I was drunk and I was doing this and I was doing that, and none of it was true. But perception is everything, so I just had to sit back and not say anything because we were going through legal terms. Luckily for me, the Clippers took a chance and I'm here."