Clippers Expect More Tenacity from Odom
The Clippers’ biggest sweetheart needs to get nastier.
Drive to the basket as if his defender has just made a Kardashian joke.
Use his superior length to bury teams under a flurry of floaters.
Stop passing up shots instead of always passing.
Lamar Odom, get assertive.
A prolific scorer as recently as two seasons ago, the veteran forward is now as likely to reach double figures in points as end-of-the-bench reserve Ryan Hollins. They have each done it once this season.
Even with starters Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billupsand super sub Jamal Crawford sidelined Wednesday atAmway Center, taking a combined 59.3 points off the board for the Clippers, Odom took only six shots and scored eight points during an 86-76 victory over the equally short-handed Orlando Magic.
“He has such great versatility and can do things for us,” Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said, “but right now we need him to score a little bit more and be a little bit more aggressive, and he knows that.”