Yes, that is a double entendre.
When the Los Angeles Clippers signed Lamar Odom, it was generally met with optimism, as should any new acquisition should be. Always give the player the benefit of the doubt.
The problem is that Odom doesn't seem very enthused about playing. For anyone. He demanded a trade last year from the Lakers, got it, quit on the Mavs, then decided that he'd rather get in shape than play for Team USA. Likely he just didn't want to face the possibility of not making the team, because nothing gets you in shape like actually playing.
Now he's making $8.2 million, which is way more than he's worth.
In the preseason, he's averaged 17 minutes and 2.7 points. Granted, it's preseason, but in that much time, he should definitely be averaging more baskets.
After Wednesday's game, Coach Del Negro was asked about the decision to rest the big guy, which was interesting considering he's so out of shape and his conditioning is off. Coach said:
"There's no question, I've talked to him about it. He's got to work through some conditioning things and some health things, which he's doing, but I've been pleased with his involvement and his intensity during practice and in the locker room. You see him getting a little better. I wish he was in a little bit better condition, he wishes he was too, but he has to continually work every day and I'm sure he'll get there eventually."
These “health things” are his knees, which are likely buckling under what one FOX analyst has said is an extra 20lbs of weight.
There's never an excuse to come into the season out of shape, especially when you have every opportunity to be in shape, but decided against it to workout more.
The Clippers have such a promising team, and can make it far in the Western Conference, but they were counting on Odom to be a weapon, and right now he's as threatening as Honey Boo Boo.
Maybe Metta World Peace can give him some pointers, because he's in the best shape of his life, and it shows.