After a stint gone bad overseas, Lamar Odom has been seen stateside kicking it with his former head coach in Phil Jackson. Yes, the Phil Jackson that has recently taken a front office job with the New York Knicks. The two haven’t just been seen around the city though. According to the New York Post, Jackson has met with Odom twice since taking the Knicks job.
For a second time, Phil Jackson met with a former Laker at halftime during a game as Knicks president. This time, it was a sit-down with Lamar Odom during Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets game.
via Troubled Lamar Odom Had Sit-Down with Phil Jackson | New York Post
Anything said on these sit-downs is pure speculation, but that has never stopped one from wondering what’s going on in a situation before. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is the idea that Lamar Odom could find a home with the New York Knicks this season after sitting out due to several issues. Because the Knicks can’t sign any top free agent — salary cap issues being the reason why — they’ll have to work best to find good talent for a cheap price. And signing Odom would be as cheap as it gets.
Except, he’s kind of lacked the talent part for the last two, three seasons. Ever since the “trade heard round the world”, Odom has played poorly. The Dallas Mavericks stint killed his reliability factor around the league and with the Clippers, while he played well, it just wasn’t the Lamar Odom that we were used to; one that won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
There could be other reasons why the two have met up. Maybe Odom is speaking with Jackson to figure out what the next step in his life should be as he’s coming off a year that even a fictional writer would have a hard time dreaming up. Near-divorce. Drug addictions. Bad stint overseas. Paparazzi run-ins. No interest in the league, though Doc Rivers made the impression that he’d sign him early on in the season. That never worked out. Looking at Phil Jackson’s track record, he seems like the perfect person for Odom to speak to on his circumstances, hipping Odom to his zen-ways.
Whatever the reason is, it’s kind of weird to see an open relationship such as this between front office personnel and a free agent whom is way past his prime and doesn’t seem fit to be a front office guy himself. We’ll see if Jackson makes any action pertaining to Odom when the offseason hits.