DALLAS _ Lamar Odom told Sports Illustrated reporter Chris Mannix what has been well-known for quite some time.
He is struggling thus far in his first season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Asked by the weekly magazine after Wednesday’s game in Boston if he can find a way to succeed in the Mavs’ system, Odom said: “It's hard for me to say. I thought my game was equipped to play anywhere and everywhere.
“I’m not prepared, I guess, to play. I don’t know if there is anything more to say.’’
Odom is averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds so far. That’s no where near the numbers he put up last season when he averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds while becoming the first member of the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA’s Sixth Man Award.
After the 90-85 win over the Celtics, coach Rick Carlisle said: “I loved Lamar Odom in the second half. He played with great energy.’’
Told of that, Odom told Sports Illustrated: “I’m trying to.’’
Asked has it’s been tough to make the transition form playing with the Lakers to playing for the Mavs, Odom said: “When you have relationships with people and there are hard times, you know how to deal with one another. When you don’t, it’s obvious.’’
Odom is shooting 29.5 percent from the field this season, including 18.2 percent from three-point range in 19.5 minutes per game.
-- Dwain Price
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