Team sources say Lamar Odom has often appeared stressed by what they believe is the mental burden of an overwhelming offseason.

Being out of Los Angeles, away from his longtime teammates and friends, many of whom he has been close with for the last seven years, has not helped. And the sting of being considered expendable by LA -- Odom was part of the aborted trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers -- has not worn off.

Asked if he had watched any Lakers games, Odom is succinct.

"I can't allow myself to," Odom said.

"I thought my game was equipped to play anywhere and everywhere,” he added. “I'm not prepared, I guess, to play. I don't know if there is anything more to say."