Lamar Odom
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"Lamar Joseph Odom" is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2010–11 NBA season/2011 and won the 2009 NBA Finals/2009 and 2010 NBA Finals/2010 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Odom played college basketball for the Rhode Island Rams men's basketball/Rhode Island Rams before being drafted in the first round with the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and played four seasons with the Clippers. He signed as a NBA salary cap#Restricted free agent/restricted free agent with the Miami Heat, where he played one season before being traded to the Lakers. Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers, who traded him to Dallas. He was traded back to the Clippers in 2012.

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This was not like having a cold or the flu, this was a complicated surgery. Some people lose their lives, not just their career. When you figure he's been able to play for us, and even to be effective for us, anybody has to be inspired. He's defeated some long odds to be here and now he's an emotional part of this team.

We needed this game, so I just wanted to stay aggressive around the boards, find the basket, get some easy shots and go to the free throw line.

He raises the I.Q. of your basketball team ? he helps us tremendously.

He was a good dude before. He's an even better dude now. This is a guy who's been through a lot. He's one guy who knows how fragile life can be.

Every game we play is going to be the biggest game of the year. ... It's in our hands. We can't really worry about what other teams are doing.

We just threw everybody at (Pierce). If you put two guys on him, you have a high percentage of stopping him.

It was fun. We gave them a show. I was glad a lot of the NBA greats came, too.

Last year, we were a really bad defensive team. We're better, but we're still bad.

Inside presence, being physical, that's what we need from him. The guy's got the best body in the NBA _ he's got to throw it around a little bit.