What The Los Angeles Lakers Should’ve Done With Lamar Odom And Why General Manager Mitch Kupchak Should Be Fired

You even gave him the award...what were you thinking?

After not getting guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, forward Lamar Odom would demand a trade. Odom would demand a trade as he felt that he was disrespected as he felt that he should’ve never have been traded. So as a result Odom would be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million in trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick.

This would cause some controversy as fans would respond with shocked remarks like, “why would they do that,” “what were they thinking,” etc. However they weren’t the only to respond as captain guard Kobe Bryant did as well saying, “I don’t understand the criticism of [the] reality shows…he had his best season last year. It clearly wasn’t a distraction,” Kobe Bryant told NBA reporters.

Bryant would go onto add, “He played his a** off. I don’t get where that [criticism] comes from.”

“You’re talking about Sixth Man of the Year last year,” said Bryant. “I don’t like it… I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint.”

Though it wouldn’t end there as General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would respond as well saying, “Lamar was sent to Dallas because he requested to be traded,” said Kupchak to the LA Times. “In this case, he couldn’t get over the fact that something like that could took place. I was hoping that things would change in a day or two but his representative called me on Saturday and said that’s not going to change.”

Now this decision to send Lamar Odom to Dallas drew up a lot of controversy as sending a player of his talent to the defending champions just seemed foolish as Odom’s addition makes the Mavericks a favorite yet again this season. As for Kupchak he felt differently saying, “I wouldn’t lump Kobe and Lamar into the same category when talking about those same two situations,” Kupchak said to the LA Times. “Yeah, we could have said, ‘Lamar, we’re not going to trade you,’ and waited to see what was going to happen in the next week or two, but we chose not to do that.”

Kupchak would go onto add, “The window to make a deal in this environment where you really can get back flexibility, it goes away in the snap of the fingers. So to have waited two or three weeks would have just prolonged an environment with Lamar when he’s not at practice and would have sucked energy away from the team. We might not have had a better opportunity.”

They might not have had a better opportunity? Mr. Kupchak, do you really feel that trading your fourth leading scorer, third leading rebounder, and sixth man of the year to the defending Champions as well as the team that swept you in the playoffs for $8.9 Million in trade exception and first round pick, the best opportunity? You’re crazy and personally I don’t think that you as the Lakers General manager give the Lakers organization the best opportunity to win. You trade Shaquille O’Neal, you traded Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, then you didn’t re-sign Trevor Ariza, and now you trade Lamar Odom, what’s next Mitch Kupchak? Kobe Bryant?

Now this all could’ve been prevented and I’m not talking about Shaquille O’Neal, Caron Butler, and Trevor Ariza (though they could’ve been prevented too) but I’m talking about Lamar Odom; you could’ve done better.

What you could’ve done was first; try to convince him to stay. You could’ve told him that it’s a business and that anyone can get traded at anytime, however your sorry that you made the mistake and you feel bad and then you throw him extra money pat him on the back and say see you on the court. Now if that didn’t work you could’ve gone to the stage of trading him; except not to the Dallas Mavericks.

What you should’ve done was have waited and tried to trade him to the Orlando Magic to get center Dwight Howard, wouldn’t that have been smart? Instead, you trade Odom to the Dallas Mavericks and get pretty much some money and a first round pick and you take no talent from their team, all you did was make them better…a lot better. As a result now your Los Angeles Lakers are not the best team in the West as the Dallas Mavericks are, but your Los Angeles Lakers now might not even be the best in Los Angeles as the Clippers made some moves that might put them at the top dog status.

So my question to you Mr. Kupchak is what are you doing? Why would trade Odom? And why would you trade Odom, to the Dallas Mavericks? Why wouldn’t you just wait and trade him to the Magic for Howard? Wouldn’t that have made a lot more sense?

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Battle of Los Angeles: Lakers vs. Clippers Part One

Lakers vs. Clippers

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1985, the Los Angeles Clippers have only had a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers just three times. In 1992-93, 41-41 compared to the Lakers 39-43, in 2004-05, 37-45 compared to the Lakers 34-48, and in 2005-06, 47-35 compared to the Lakers 45-37. Other than that the Lakers have just out played the Clippers proving that Los Angeles was and is their city. Since moving to Los Angeles the Lakers have won eight championships, 12 conference titles, and 13 division titles and on Thursday December 8thit looked like they were going to do all three of those once again.

News broke in the evening time over all different media outlets that the Lakers had acquired guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a three team trade. The deal was the Lakers were receiving Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets were receiving Lakers forward Pau Gasol, and the Hornets were receiving Rockets guard Kevin Martin, Rockets forward Luis Scola, Lakers forward Lamar Odom, and a Houston Rockets first round draft pick.

Predictions started saying that the Lakers were going to win the west, that the Lakers were going to repeat, and that the Lakers were once again the best. However these predictions, new faces in new places, and new look teams would come to an end as news would later break that commissioner David Stern would veto the trade.

Analysts, reporters, fans, and even players were livid about Stern’s decision to veto the trade so much that Chris Paul threatened to sue the NBA. Though after reality set in and hours passed of Chris Paul not going to the Lakers and this trade no longer going through, teams and owners started talking again. However this time it wasn’t the Lakers as they decided to pull out after forward Lamar Odom demanded a trade and because the league was asking too much for Paul.

So as a result to the veto Odom would get his demand and would be sent to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million in trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick. The reason for the trade was that Odom felt “disgusted” that Lakers were trading him to begin in the first place.

Then about a week later after trading for Chris Paul appeared to be dead due to Stern’s high asking cost, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets would agree to terms to send Paul to the Clippers. The deal would send Paul and two future second round picks to the Clippers in exchange to guard Eric Gordon forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick.

With the acquisition of Paul this seemed like the final step to the recipe of success to beating the Lakers and being the kings of Los Angeles. It all started right after the lockout ended when the Clippers signed forward Caron Butler to a three year deal, then matched the Golden State Warriors offer to re-sign forward DeAndre Jordan, and then of course traded Gordon, Aminu, Kaman and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

Those transactions put the Clippers back on the map as far as one of the NBA’s top competitors but it especially put them in an unfamiliar place, a place that they have only been three times; a chance to be better than the Los Angeles Lakers.

Come back on Saturday to see the breakdown between the Clippers and the Lakers of the Battle of Los Angeles Part Two. 

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