Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: the transcript of Odom's on-air near-breakdown is genuinely heartbreaking.
Lamar Odom joined ESPN Radio in Los Angeles on the Stephen A. Smith Show to talk about the rumors that he has been traded to the New Orleans Hornets, whether or not he heard from the Lakers about possibly being traded, why he is so bummed about the possibility of being traded, why he thinks the Lakers might want to move him, if he is stunned that the Lakers look like they want to move him, and what he would like to say to the Los Angeles fans.
On the rumors that he has been traded to the Hornets:
"Yeah you know with those things you've got to let them happen first. If it happens I would think I wouldn't be treated like a number. I had a dream that I walked into camp and there were people laughing. (Host: What did that dream mean to you?) I don't know. I don't know but it's crazy. I thought I was gonna be here my whole life. Nothing happened yet and I would think I would get a call at least."
Whether or not he or his agent has heard from the Lakers:
"[Agent] Jeff [Schwartz] did say that it could be a possibility."
Whether or not he is bummed by the news:
"You know L.A. is home for me for more than one reason. At 19, came here and played for another team, the Clippers, and was able to win a championship and got that award last year that meant a lot. Felt like something was undone but I let it all hang out last. Maybe I rubbed people the wrong way with doing the show. (Host: You mean the reality show with Khloe Kardashian?) I don't know. When things come up you start to wonder and start to guess. I thought I showed that doing other things didn't affect me but maybe it affected other. I'm not sure. Again now I'm guessing because of what's in the air."
Whether or not he feels like the organization has an issue with him being on TV:
"I mean I got the 6th Man of the Year Award and my teammates came, but my coaches didn't come to see me get the award. That was weird. We were in the playoffs and I was like maybe they are just scouting, in the room going over tape. I don't know. If it does happen, it was a great time. I got to play in front of Jack (Nicholson), meet Denzel (Washington), I found my wife in LA, my family, and I had a lot of pride playing for them."
If he is stunned by the news:
"You're always going to be stunned and shocked. Even when you fall flat on your face but you're able to pick yourself up sometimes you still bleed, sometimes you still cry, and sometimes you ask damn how did I fall?"
If he was surprised that the Lakers went out the way they did in the playoffs:
"Because I know sometimes you get to a time and a place in your life when you know they're looking. (Host: Who is looking?) The league, you know everybody. No more sneaking up on people you know what I'm saying? You're doing big things everywhere. We got the best player in Europe, arguably one of the best players ever and player they are comparing to Michael Jordan, we've got the youngest best center in the league, we've got Phil Jackson, and we wear the purple and gold. We've got this dude coming on TV. Coming on TV on Sunday twice. Some people are like to hell with that, we're tired of seeing this. I felt that pressure and this is our time and we came up short. I was surprised that we didn't respond to that pressure when everyone was watching."
How he would feel if he gets traded:
"I can't even say until it happens."
What he would like Lakers fans to know:
"They already know how I feel. What's home. My family is here. I feel like this is – LA is a part of me. Everywhere I go people show me a lot of love, I love the fans and who I was able to play in front of, the people I met, the connections, my book, it's been a great ride, a great story, and it would be a great movie."
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