Odom Boys Are Bad: An Interview With Lamar Odom

By Demetria Richardson
Updated: April 4, 2008

Lamar OdomLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Los Angeles Clippers’ victory on Saturday night came down to the wire with 1.5 seconds left in regulation. Jeff McInnis launched a three-point, tie-breaking — and winning – shot, leaving the Clippers in third place in the Pacific Division. Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said, “Lamar created a shot for Jeff and he made it.” In the first quarter, the Clippers held the lead at 28-12 and continued a comfortable lead for much of the game. The Clippers begin their six-game road trip in Philly on Tuesday with a 16-7, at-home record. Odom had 18 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

In a recent conversation I had with Darius Miles, he noted that he believed that the Clippers “don’t have much confidence on the road and that they are more comfortable playing at home,” hence their impressive home record. I spoke with Lamar Odom after they defeated Milwaukee and asked him his thoughts on Miles’ comment and he has a slightly different take on the situation.

LO: I don’t think it’s a question of “confidence”. We expect to win games. We have a lot of confidence, especially at home. Playing at home is one thing and playing on the road is something different. We tried to prepare ourselves by winning these last two games. We played really hard in those games. So that mission was accomplished. I’m hopeful that we can win our road games and play our best basketball. On the road, in the fourth quarter, you have to play your best ball. I think we need to close and finish our games well.

DR: You had a fabulous game. Congratulations. How prepared are the Clippers for this long road trip?

LO: Thank you. We needed that win and we got it. Now, it’s time to focus again and get ready for the 10-day road trip. I came out and tried to help the team the best I could. They got me the ball and I was able to knock down a few shots. One thing about playing on the East Coast is that their game is very physical as opposed to [the way we play the game in] the West, where we like to run. It’s going to take some adjustment on our part. We’re getting it together and the proof of that is our last game against Denver. Ordinarily, we would have lost a game like that. The coach did what he had to do and [the team] got their heads together.

DR: Thank you, Lamar, and good luck on the road.

If I have said it before, it bears repeating. The Clippers are one of the most exciting teams in the league to watch! They’re young and the fans give them a lot of energy in that arena. I don’t recall many fans in Los Angeles giving standing ovations at random throughout the entire game — and it wasn’t playoffs or championships. It’s a pleasure to see the Clippers finally receive respect and admiration from the same city that favors the Lakers. You must admit that the Los Angeles Lakers are a tough act to follow.

I am looking forward to seeing the Clippers in the playoffs. This season is definitely going to make for an entertaining one. The Clippers and now the Wizards are creating a positive buzz. What’s next? A Chicago Bulls’ resurrection?