No Place Like Home!

Posted on January 19, 2012


Lamar Odom visited the Staples Center twice this week. The Sixth Man of the Year began his career as a forward with the Los Angeles Clippers but won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and although he played for some other teams in between he’s called the Staples Center his home for most of his career.

After the NBA lockout ended in November and the Chris Paul trade with the Lakers fell through, Odom was traded to the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. Monday he returned to face the Lakers and it was evident that L.A fans missed his carefree spirit and aggressive play as they gave him a standing ovation.

It was like he never left, Kobe Bryant and the fellas gave him hugs and the Kardashian Klan sat courtside, reality cameras in tow (Spare me already!)

The Mavericks ultimately fell short losing to the Lakers 73-70 at the hands of Derek Fisher; he drained a 3 pointer with seconds left in what would prove to be the beginning of a thrilling week in L.A.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points and Odom followed with just ten.

Wednesday night, L.O suited up against the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s funny because I remember Lamar’s time with the LAC …after all he was drafted the year before I began my internship with the team. The year he was traded to the Miami Heat was the year I graduated from college, left the LAC and started my career as a reporter.

My how time flies!

The Clippers team that featured Corey Maggette, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Quentin Richardson, and the infamous double-fisted-head-pound was classic. Lol…they didn’t win but fans loved their charisma and fast break play. (And before you hate on my memories, let me say, I loved our squad and my LAC intern family. So Save IT!)

Moving On!

The LAC now features Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups and Mo Williams. The flame has been lit and these guys are winning.

Paul sat out against the Mavs on Wednesday’s ESPN Double Header but the Clippers sent them home with a loss nonetheless.

The game came down to the final seconds just as it had a few nights before. I thought I was experiencing déjà vu when Jason Terry hit a three pointer with 14.9 seconds left in the game.

The Mavericks took the lead (89-88) but with just a second left in the 4th quarter; Chauncey “BUH-BUH-BUH” Billups showed us why he’s the closer.

Billups hit the game-winning three-pointer that lifted his team to a 91-89 victory and ended the Clippers 10-game losing streak to the Mavericks.

Now that’s the type of Clippers squad I like to see!

Lamar Odom called his return to Staples Center Monday surreal and after Wednesday’s performance; I’m sure long time Clippers fans feel the same way.

L.O has definitely left his mark on the city of Los Angeles, after all he’s still featured on Lakers tickets and holds a soft spot in the hearts of old school LAC fans throughout Southern California.

It has to feel good to know that he can always come back and pick up where he left off, on the basketball court or the reality T.V. circuit.

After all, there’s no place like home!