Lamar Odom Battling Weight Issues
It really wasn’t a surprise to see the Clippers play such an uneven exhibition game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
The Clippers spent last week in China playing two games against the Miami Heat, returning home Sunday afternoon after a 10-hour flight.
So, not only was the plan to limit minutes for his key players in their fourth exhibition game, but Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro also held out Lamar Odom and Grant Hill because of nagging injuries and for rest.
For Odom, weight and poor conditioning are issues.
Del Negro said Odom’s knees are bothering him and that playing the 6-10 forward against the Jazz probably would have set him back.
“He’s got to work through some conditioning things and some health things right now, which he’s doing,” Del Negro said. “Yeah, I wish he was in a little bit better conditioning, and he wishes he was. But he’s just got to continue to work every day and I’m sure he’ll get there eventually.”