“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom said in an interview with Shams Charania of The Vertical.
“I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.”
Odom, to this day, doesn’t understand the reasoning behind the trade.
“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team” Odom contended.
“To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why? I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank.”
Odom played 50 games for the Mavericks in 2011-12 and then rejoined the Los Angeles Clippers (who drafted him in 1999) in 2012-13 before joining the Euroleague.
There is talk of the Lakers signing Odom so that he can officially retire a Laker.