Lamar Odom has put up at least four points and at least five rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' past five games and dropped eight points and eight rebounds in Saturday's rout of the Phoenix Suns.
All season, coach Vinny Del Negro has made clear he would stick with Odom in his rotation to get the veteran big man into playing shape. Now, Del Negro and the Clippers are seeing results, too.
“Have you looked at him?” Del Negro said. “He’s lost 12 pounds. He’s going to lose more. He’s working. You’re going play better. You’re going to move better. You’re going to get more confident. You’re going to feel like yourself again. That’s what he’s doing.”
Odom has always had the talent but admittedly lost his desire due to an array of personal issues. He is gradually regaining his playing shape as this season goes on.
“My body and my mind are starting to attach again,” Odom said. “That feels good.”