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Encyclopedia > Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom in a Lakers/Spurs game, January 28, 2007
Lamar Odom in a Lakers/Spurs game, January 28, 2007
Position Small forward/Power forward
Nickname The Goods, Stardom
League NBA
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Team Los Angeles Lakers
Nationality USA
Born November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06) (age 28)
Flag of New York South Jamaica, New York
College Rhode Island
Draft 4th overall, 1999
Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Los Angeles Clippers (1999–2003)
Miami Heat (2003–2004)
Awards 1997 McDonald's All-American All-Rookie Team (2000)

Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward (also plays both forward spots and is a "point-forward") for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 348 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (456 × 785 pixel, file size: 45 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... South Jamaica, known colloquially as Southside, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located south of downtown Jamaica, the Long Island Rail Road tracks and Liberty Avenue. ... This article is about the state. ... The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as URI, is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... Clippers redirects here. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The McDonalds All-American Team is named each year for boys and girls high school basketball. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... South Jamaica, known colloquially as Southside, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, located south of downtown Jamaica, the Long Island Rail Road tracks and Liberty Avenue. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the sport. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


In 1997, Odom was the #1 ranked High School All-American in the United States, and had earned a good reputation among basketball scouts for his excellent ball-handling and passing ability despite his size (6 ft 10 in (208 cm)). Lamar Odom has been suffering from injuries in the 2006-2007 season and past years. Lamar is also one of the few players who can also play any of the 5 positions of the NBA. He can dribble the ball up the court in traffic like a point guard, shoot long distance like a shooting guard, inbound and shoot threes like a small forward, and can post up and dunk like a center. Analysts have often referred to him as a "Triple Double waiting to happen" due to the number of times he has missed a triple double by an assist or a rebound. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Basketball career

High school

As a sophomore Odom played for Christ The King High, in Middle Village, New York. As a senior, Odom played for Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, New York. However, after the basketball season ended at Redemption Christian, Odom transferred once again to St. Thomas Aquinas Prep in New Britain, Connecticut. Odom was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year in 1997. He was named to the USA Today All-USA 1st Team as a senior.


College

In 1997, Odom attended UNLV and was enrolled in summer classes. Following an academic scandal, an NCAA inquiry found Odom received payments amounting to $5,600 from booster David Chapman.[1] Coach Bill Bayno was fired and UNLV was placed on probation for four years. Odom transferred to Rhode Island, but had to sit out the 1997-98 season. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Odom played one season at the University of Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Conference, where he scored 17.6 points per game and led the Rams to the conference championship in 1999. His three pointer against Temple at the buzzer gave the Rams their first A-10 Tournament title. The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as URI, is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in the eastern United States; it also has two member schools in Ohio. ... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ...


Los Angeles Clippers

Odom declared his eligibility for the 1999 NBA Draft after his freshman year at the University of Rhode Island in 1999.The 6 ft 10 forward was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick. In his first season with the Clippers, Odom averaged 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game and was named to the 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team. The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as URI, is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... This article is about the year. ... Clippers redirects here. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


Odom was involved in controversy in November of 2001 when he was suspended for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months.


Miami Heat

Odom spent four seasons with the Clippers before signing a six-year, US $65 million contract with the Miami Heat. Odom averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 9.7 rebounds during the 2003-04 season, helping the Heat to a playoff berth. USD redirects here. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Los Angeles Lakers

Lamar Odom in a Lakers/Bucks game, December 6, 2005.

In the 2004 offseason, he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a trade that brought center Shaquille O'Neal to Miami. In his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom and superstar Kobe Bryant never established the chemistry analysts might have expected the two dynamic players to build. The Lakers finished out of the playoffs for only the 4th time in franchise history. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 436 × 599 pixels Full resolution (1083 × 1489 pixel, file size: 137 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lamar Odom playing basketball for the L.A. Lakers vs. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 436 × 599 pixels Full resolution (1083 × 1489 pixel, file size: 137 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lamar Odom playing basketball for the L.A. Lakers vs. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


Following the disappointment of missing the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers hired former coach Phil Jackson in the 2005 offseason, in the hope that he could mold Odom into a Scottie Pippen-type player to run his triangle offense as a point forward, by which he meant a forward who could handle the ball and bring the ball forward, as Pippen was able to. In the first half of the 2005-06 NBA season, Odom displayed inconsistency while playing with the Lakers. However, as Los Angeles progressed towards the NBA playoffs, Odom played very well in preparing the Lakers for the playoffs. Along the way, he posted consecutive triple-doubles for the first time as a Laker against the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers. Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Point forward is an unofficial playing position in basketball for those who share the attributes of both a point guard and a forward. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... A triple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates double-digit totals (i. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


International

Odom played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece for the United States National Basketball Team, averaging 5.8 ppg en route to a bronze medal. He has earned 14 caps in total for the USA squad. He was invited to play for the FIBA World Championships for 2006 and 2007 but did not go though because of the death of his son. The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... The International Basketball Federation (French Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs international competitition in the sport. ...

Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Bronze 2004 Athens United States

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Trivia

  • Enjoys traveling in the off-season and lists France as his favorite destination.[2]
  • Lamar loves to sing.[3]
  • Lamar says that Elton Brand and Ron Artest are among his closest friends in the league.[3]
  • Lamar enjoys eating candy jelly rings.[3]
  • He is Left-Handed

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Personal life

On June 29, 2006 Odom's 6½-month-old infant son Jayden died from suffocation while sleeping in his crib in New York.[4] is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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NAME Odom, Lamar Joseph
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Lamar Odom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (682 words)
Odom played one season at the University of Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Conference, where he scored 17.6 points per game and led the Rams to the conference championship and 1998 NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
Odom declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft after his freshman year at the University of Rhode Island in 1999 and was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth pick.
LaMar was held at gun point and robbed while walking at night near a family member's home in his Queens, New York neighborhood in the summer of 2006.
Le nouveau LAMAR ODOM (1143 words)
Odom, by all accounts, is now a mature team leader, eager to show that his days of self-destruction, featuring two suspensions under the league's substance-abuse policy, have passed.
Odom's explanation ignores the fact that he also trashed the Clippers after he arrived in Miami, including one interview in which he said playing for the Clippers was the most annoying thing in his life and said leaving them was one of his happiest moments.
Odom's father was a drug addict, and his mother, Kathy, died of cancer when he was 12, so Mercer took charge of raising him in a tough New York neighborhood.
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