Song: Show Me What You Got
“This is a state of emergency/What do you want me to do? I’m sorry/Let’s go get em/Show me what you got”
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of using the word “potential” when talking about Lamar Odom. At what point in time do you stop looking for potential and accept a player for who he is? Well, with Lamar Odom it’s just not that easy. The man has the natural ability and god given talent to be one of the all time greats. He’s 6 foot 9, handles the rock, finishes strong at the rim with both hands, shoots from outside, rebounds like a machine…the dude does it all.
The Clippers had high hopes when they took Lamar 4th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft, but inconsistent play and a innate love for ganja curtailed his career in LA. That inconsistency followed him throughout his career, especially when he arrived in Lakerland. He was greeted by an anxious press corps that was ready to anoint him Scottie Pippen to Kobe’s Michael Jordan. Needless to say that never happened.
It wasn’t until Pau Gasol arrived in town when the Lakers finally broke through and made it to the Finals. In fact, you can argue that Pau’s arrival in La La Land was the best thing to happen to Lamar’s career. The added pressure on Pau’s shoulders certainly lightened the load for Lamar, and let him settle into a comfortable role as the 3rd best player on a championship team. In the playoffs last year, we were given a glimpse of how great Lamar Odom can be. Remember those reverse layups around Dwight Howard in Game 5 of the NBA Finals? Remember his clutch 3 pointers against Denver and Houston?
Lamar’s got all the talent in the world, and this year the Lakers need him more than ever. If only he would put it all together, this Lakers team will not lose to anyone. If only Lamar could step up and shoulder more of the load with Kobe and Andrew banged up. If only he could live up to his potential and….
There I go again.
I think it’s time for Lamar to just show me what he got.
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