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Dallas Mavericks: 4 players fans don't want on the new court

By Bates Yoakum
Dallas Mavericks, Rajon Rondo
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Dallas Mavericks, Lamar Odom
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Players Dallas Mavericks fans don't want on the court: 2. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom was a key role player for the Los Angeles Lakers on their back-to-back title teams in 2009 and 2010. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers looked like they might be headed for a three-peat, that is until the Mavericks crushed those hopes when they swept the two-time defending champs in the second round on their way to the only title in franchise history in 2011.

During the following offseason, the Lakers tried to trade Odom to the Hornets in the hopes of teaming Kobe with Chris Paul, but the deal was vetoed by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who was in control of the New Orleans franchise at the time. The potential trade upset Odom, and he requested to be dealt to a contending team.

That is how the forward ended up in Dallas, and it was a mess from day one. Odom was only with the Mavs for five months, but he never bought into the team culture. The 6'10 big man was getting into it with former head coach Rick Carlisle about how he wasn't in shape and couldn't stay focused. This offseason had sent Odom down a dark path that had begun to spin his life out of control. It even got him assigned to the Texas Legends. Needless to say, Odom's five-month stint with Dallas wasn't pleasant and was frustrating for fans.