Lamar Odom has struggled mightily this season with the Dallas Mavericks, and the local fans haven't taken too kindly to the former Sixth Man winner's drop in production. Odom was booed at home last week in a loss to his former teammates, the Los Angeles Lakers, and he's since admitted to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas that the disrespect from his home fans offends him.
"I've never been booed in my life," Odom told Caplan at today's practice. "So if it's to the point that I'm playing a basketball game at home and I'm getting booed, then I would say no disrespect, but maybe I think people took things the wrong way.
"I admitted I was out of shape for different reasons when I came into camp. I admitted what I had been through; I was honest about how my summer went, how I almost left the game with everything I went through, and I think people just took it the wrong way, like I had a reason not to be here or if I didn't want to be here."
Odom was traded from the Lakers to the Mavs on Dec. 11 for nothing more than a future draft pick. It was essentially a salary dump, as the team had given up on Odom after trying and failing to move him to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul. It's been a difficult year for Odom off the floor as well -- the 32-year-old forward considered taking a year off from basketball after the death of a close cousin and also a car accident in which he witnessed the death of a teenage cyclist.