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Del Negro on Odom: 'Lamar can still play'

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07:18 AM ET 09.03 | At this point, the natural inclination may be to write Lamar Odom off as an NBA player. Nice pro basketball career. Got 14 years out of it, 12 of those in Los Angeles with either the Clippers or Lakers. Made millions, screwed up in the end, so it is over. See ya. ... Odom will be 34 in November. Yet [Vinny Del Negro], whose contract wasn't renewed after last season and who probably will be doing television commentary this season, disagrees with the "senior executive of an NBA team." "Lamar can still play," he said. "It's not the basketball skills that are the problem. Once he gets himself in shape and gets his mind wrapped around basketball, he can help somebody." Del Negro said he hates how quickly people will "knock a guy when he is down."

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September 3, 2013  07:34 AM ET

He will look good in an Orange uniform.

September 3, 2013  07:37 AM ET

Getting Odom in shape and getting his mind wrapped around basketball might not be as easy as it seems right now, Vinnie.

September 3, 2013  07:46 AM ET

He should have been written off after his miserable display in Dallas. Should have been arrested for stealing!!

September 3, 2013  07:49 AM ET

just when i thought i'd never have to hear from Vinny again. just...go...away

September 3, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Comments like this aren't going to look good on Vinny's resume...

September 3, 2013  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Comments like this aren't going to look good on Vinny's resume...

You got that right. If that's an indication of his player assessment ability, teams will take a pass on him.

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September 3, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Vinny is just being nice to his former player. Lamar needs to first get his head straight and overcome his demons. It's a long process, so bball is not and should not be in his short term goals right now.

September 3, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Getting Odom in shape and getting his mind wrapped around basketball might not be as easy as it seems right now, Vinnie.

I don't think the coach was saying it would be easy. But I agree with him, Odom is still a good player.

September 3, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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And that's why Vinny is unemployed

Vinnie is unemployed because they believe a celebrity coach can somehow improve their team. Highly doubtful.

September 3, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Once he gets himself in shape and gets his mind wrapped around basketball, he can help somebody."

...and therein lies the problem. Hey Vinny, it's been 3 years. How long should we wait for this metamorphosis to take place??

September 3, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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I don't think the coach was saying it would be easy. But I agree with him, Odom is still a good player.

He is done as a player! That's like saying Antoine Walker can still play. Just give him a chance. I think the Lakers or the Knicks are the only team that can give him a chance and maybe give something back a little.

September 3, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Come back to Miami...

September 3, 2013  09:46 AM ET

It's like saying "Del Negro can still coach".

September 3, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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I don't think the coach was saying it would be easy. But I agree with him, Odom is still a good player.

The problem is that crack makes you a different person. I think the correct statement would have been, "Odom was a good player."

September 3, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Better To Say Nothing, Bro.

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September 3, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Well you might be able to lure him to a rehab center if you leave a trail of crack rocks from his home to the front door. It worked for ET *Reesess Pieeeeces'

 
September 3, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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I don't think the coach was saying it would be easy. But I agree with him, Odom is still a good player.

In what frickin' universe does that apply?

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