DALLAS _ Donnie Nelson has stepped up and defended Lamar Odom’s slow start.
The general manager of the Dallas Mavericks, Nelson said it’s no surprise that Odom has struggled in the early stages of his career with the Mavs after he played in Phil Jackson’s Triangle offense during the past seven years.
“You’re talking about guys that have been in a certain system,’’ Nelson said. “When he plays in one system for pretty much your whole career it just takes a period of time to get used to another system.
“It’s no surprise that guys that haven’t been with us in the past, have struggled. It takes a little bit longer to catch up. It’s natural.’’
Odom is averaging just 4.8 points and four rebounds per game. He also is 6-of-37 from the field -- 3-of-16 from three-point range -- for a puny 16.2 percent.
-- Dwain Price
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