Odom greeted with boos in return to Dallas
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Mavericks fans made it clear on Tuesday evening that they have neither forgiven nor forgotten the trainwreck that was Lamar Odom’s 2011-12 season. The veteran forward was greeted with a hearty chorus of boos when he checked into his first game at the American Airlines Center as a member of the Clippers, and this continued practically every time he touched the ball for the rest of the evening.
The fans’ frustration with Odom was certainly understandable. His lackadasical play led Mark Cuban to question his commitment to the team, and at one point he skipped a D-League assignment intended to get him back into shape. Although he was never officially released, he and the Mavs parted ways shortly before the end of the regular season, and the team voted against giving him his share of their playoff money.
To add insult to injury, the trade exception the Lakers received from Dallas for Odom was used the following summer to acquire Steve Nash from Phoenix. The Mavericks had been in pursuit of Nash after missing out on Deron Williams.
The Mavericks and their fans got the last laugh on Tuesday, however. Odom finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds, but he committed a costly foul in the fourth quarter that gave Dirk Nowitzki three free throws and cut the Clippers’ lead to one. Dallas ultimately won the game in overtime, 109-102.