Lamar Odom’s fake holdout was all fun & games until Odom’s incompetent agent, Jeff Schwartz, decided to overplay his cards. With his several lame attempts to squeeze a few more shekels out of O.D.B. (Ol’ Doc Buss), Schwartz has succeeded in alienating Odom from the Owner and the fans.
(Sorry Kareem Rush, Luke Wasn’t Talking About You)
But not apparently Odom’s teammates.
Longtime AVP announcer Chris “Geeter” McGee reported over the weekend on his Twitter that Luke Walton was at the AVP Manhattan Beach tournament, and that the L.A. Laker wasn’t shy about clarifying Odom’s status with the team.
From McGee’s Twitter on Saturday:
Luke Walton was asked over 300 times today @AVP what up with Lamar, his response was always “LO will be a Laker trust me” hope u right kid
Walton’s should’ve added, “if he’s lucky.”
After turning down the Lakers now-withdrawn offer of $10M per for three years or $9M per for four seasons, and blowing off the Lakers recent DVD launch party* (which sources tell me upset Buss), Odom will be fortunate if O.D.B. revisits his more-than-charitable offer.
I’m inclined to think that Buss eventually will break down and bring Odom back. (No thanks to Schwartz.) Unlike Shaq, who Buss traded to the Heat in part because of a nasty verbal slight in Hawaii, Odom has the full support of his teammates.
And remember, Odom’s the only one on the team who speaks Artest.
* He was two hours late