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Kobe Has Words For Lamar Odom Before Last Second Victory

by Photo of Andrew Lontos

Kobe went over to his former teammate before passing to Derek Fisher for the game-winner.

Kobe Has Words For Lamar Odom Before Last Second Victory

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Whatever last night’s 73-70 Lakers victory over the Mavericks lacked in offensive execution – which was a lot, as both teams shot under 40 percent from the field – it made up for in drama at the end. Derek Fisher hit the game-winner for the Lakers, a three with 3.1 seconds left (right after the Mavs’ Jason Terry tied the game up with a clutch shot of his own), got an extremely spirited “Yes!” out of Marv Albert, and kicked off an atmosphere of general merriment at the Staples Center.

But what stuck out just as much as the shot were the actions of Kobe Bryant. One, he…actually passed up the shot and gave the ball to Fisher, which was enough of a shock for some people. But also noteworthy was the way he sought out an old friend on the Mavericks’ bench near the end (around the minute mark below):

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Odom, who had 10 points in 24 minutes, has been through a lot recently.

In July, Odom's 24-year-old cousin, a person Odom described as "one of my favorite people in the world," had been shot and lay in a New York hospital bed on life support. Odom was scheduled to travel to New York, where he was born and raised, for a Nike commercial. He flew to New York be by his cousin's side.

"I went to see my cousin and tell his mother that they had to let him go, that they had to pull the plug on him," said Odom, who unsuspectingly was about to be rocked by yet another horrific situation.

Two days later, Odom sat in the back of a chauffeur-driven SUV on his way to get a haircut when he heard the unforgettable noise.

"This guy was riding a motorcycle, he started to skid, he hits us," Odom said. "He slides into a pedestrian right on the street and kills him right there."

The pedestrian, a 15-year-old boy, was rushed to a hospital and soon after was pronounced dead.

Odom fell apart. He said he didn't eat for days. He didn't work out. He didn't pick up a basketball. He retreated into his mind and seriously considered disappearing from the game long before any inkling of a trade.

Between all of this and Odom's unhappiness with being traded, can't Kobe just leave him alone? I guess that's probably asking too much of "The Black Mamba".

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