Making the All-Star Case for Lamar Odom

This unique player deserves the exclusive honor of playing mid-February and not just looking flash and Hollywood on the sidelines watching. What does he gave to do? Shave a star into his head again? The voters may put him out of their minds for the Durant’s etc, that’s fair — but the coaches shouldn’t snub him yet again. Seriously, after his campaign last year, he looked more then a lock or the fan campaigns and petitions, he should have been a certainty like his dependable and consistent play. The majority of these coaches would love him on their team, so does everybody else (word to Nelly Furtado — whether that’s a cool reference or not both his game and her are as hot as each other). He was good enough for America and the rest of the world in 2010 as he and the U.S. took home gold. So why isn’t everyone else now sold?

Sure, for the Lakers, this guy probably shouldn’t start, but what’s more perfect than this sixth man coming off the bench? He plays like an All-Star so he should be given that declaration. Gone are the days where bench players and sixth men weren’t good enough to play with the big boys. Bobby Jackson changed all of that, and no one knows that more than the Lakers. Good second units and bench mobs are what take ordinary teams to champions, and if you where to start a second team today Lamar Odom would be your franchise guy no questions asked. He’ll be a Laker legend when it’s all said and done. So why is he getting less action in February year in and year out?

Lamar’s entertaining and he’s a genuine star. He deserves the vote, people should return the favor. We’ve had too many years of this now. Why are the ones who work the hardest all of the time continually disregarded and taken for granted. Next year when the lockout is over and the ballots are passed, pen should meet paper halfway like Odom’s success meets what he shares. This do it all, versatile forward is cool but not laid back. Don’t let that smooth demeanour fool you. That equally Jaamal Wilkes silky game is worked and honed to perfection. This is the product of nothing lazy, so why sleep, appreciate. He’s everything you could ever want and need on your team.

If Kobe’s having a nine for 21 night, Lamar will come in and make the extra. Jumper or critics, Odom rebounds from being written off to sign in for his team and help them out when the situation is critical. Others would simply clock out, call the game on an account of pain. LO takes no L though, he’s no loser, mind over matter. If Pau needs help in that hardened frontcourt, Lamar will come in and clean the glass and polish off missed shots, en route to as many double-doubles as Pau or anybody in this league gets. Do you have to be told twice? Lamar’s overcome it all, personal and/or what we can write about, year after year, cycle after cycle. He’s been through the storm and survived to reign. Championship ring; back-to-back ring any bells? Don’t confuse selflessness for weakness. He’s all team, he’s all-star. The everything man. Give him something.

He would be one of your best picks to start a first team, believe it or not, fantasy or reality, youth and experience, offense and defense, inside and out. This versatility is why he would start on virtually any other team in the league, (even on his old Miami team and all their hot ‘superfriends’) and this fact is why he is an All-Star, vote or die, change or George Bush. Forget ‘yes we can,’ next year lets make it happen! Tick the box, punch his name, write ‘Lamar Odom’ down as that special extra name you’d usually reserve for another fan favorite (unless it’s Fisher). Then repeat and do it all again. Like clockwork. It’s time.

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