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Does Lamar Odom Deserve To Be Booed Relentlessly By Dallas Mavericks Fans Right Now?

Submitted by on March 23, 2012 – 4:20 pmOne Comment
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Lamar Odom has a little bit of a problem on his hands right now. Er, okay, scratch that. He’s actually got a BIG problem on his hands right now. But, it doesn’t have anything to do with his wife Khloe Kardashian. It also doesn’t have anything to do with the health problems that have plagued his father. And he’s not struggling to get along with any of his new teammates as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Rather, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year is having trouble getting the Mavs fans to like him. And that was never more evident than it was when the Mavs played Odom’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Wednesday night and Odom got booed relentlessly by the Dallas crowd for putting up a stat line that included one point, one rebound, and one assist. Question is: Does he deserve all the hate coming his way?

Those around him don’t seem to think so. During the game on Wednesday, his wife Khloe and her mother Kris Jenner were both in attendance and cheered him on in spite of all the booing. After the game, his former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant was asked about the booing and he didn’t agree with it, either. “That’s just stupidity,” said Bryant, who shared a moment with Odom after the game and appeared to be giving him a quick pep talk, though he told reporters that it was “none of your business what I said” when he was asked about it.

But, the truth is that Odom hasn’t exactly made this situation in Dallas easy on himself. Shortly after he was traded to Dallas in December, he came out and revealed that he’d seriously considered retiring during the offseason. Then, he was out for a prolonged period of time about a month later when his father fell ill. He’s never really gotten into tip-top shape this season and he’s been fighting conditioning issues for most of the year. And, to make matters worse, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle publicly questioned Odom’s commitment to the team recently.

So, in a lot of ways, the Mavs fans should feel like they didn’t get what they paid for back in December. But, here’s the thing: It’s not like they paid much. At the end of the day, the Mavs team gave up a trade exception to add Odom to their rotation. So it’s silly for anyone to feel cheated by Odom. But Odom himself also needs to realize that if his heart isn’t in Dallas, he needs to just suck it up and play through it the rest of the season. You can ask any number of guys around the league right now and they’ll tell you that they’re not happy with their situations. But a lot of them are in situations that are far more dire than Odom’s current predicament. He could be doing a lot worse than playing for the defending NBA champions.

As long as he realizes that and gives 100 percent when he sets foot on the court, Mavs fans need to back off and let him play without all of the boos at home. But if he’s not doing that? Well then, hey, can you really blame Dallas fans for doing him dirty? It’s not their problem that he doesn’t want to play there. It’s his.

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