What do ya know. Losing weight CAN help your career.
Lamar Odom came into the season grossly out of shape, which caused him to miss several games. He's been trying to shed the pounds ever since and is up to 12 pounds lost. While he wouldn't credit his weight loss to his improved stats, Odom did say that his mind and body are finally meshing.
During three games of the Los Angeles Clippers recent four game losing streak, L.O. was only able to score four points and grab three rebounds. Total.
Then, in Saturday's game, he scored a season high 8 points and had 8 rebounds. While that's good, he's still a shadow of himself. The year he won Sixth Man, he was averaging 8.7 rebounds and 14.4 points.
His rebounds being back up shows that his physicality is definitely gaining, though he still needs to work on his stamina.
Coach Del Negro is very pleased with his progress. He said:
“Have you looked at him? He’s lost 12 pounds. He’s going to lose more. He’s working. You’re going play better. You’re going to move better. You’re going to get more confident. You’re going to feel like yourself again. That’s what he’s doing. He knows how to play. He’s diving on the floor. He’s working. He’s coming. I’m telling you, he’s coming. I’ve seen him play for 15 years. He knows how to play. It doesn’t just go away unless you want it to. He wants it and I believe in him and I’m going to keep pushing him. I’m going to keep making him work and he’s going to keep doing work. His teammates support him because we know that he gives us an element that we need.”
It will be nice to see him return to form after his ridiculous season in Dallas last year.
Hopefully Odom really is ready to play basketball now, because while he's always claimed he is, quitting on his team last year, and spending the off-season gaining weight doesn't really help his case.