The Mavericks for the most part have been protecting Lamar Odom.
He never wanted to leave the Lakers and I think he was a bit surprised when the Lakers got rid of him. He said all the right things when he went to the Mavericks, but he has been pouting all year.
It came to a head before the All-Star break when he left the team. He still hasn’t come back, but when he does the Mavericks have made it clear he better have his head on straight.
“When he comes back, we’re going to find out very quickly where things are at,” Carlisle during his weekly appearance Friday on the ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Galloway & Co.” “He’s going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he’s in.”
“Mark asks a fundamental question with anybody in our franchise: Are they in or are they not in?” Carlisle said. “Our fans want to know that Lamar’s in. Our players want to know that Lamar’s in. It’s not about how many points he’s scoring or rebounds; those things are a factor. Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven’t seen that so far and that’s got to change.”