January 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Lamar Odom (7) during the first half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former Rhode Island Rams in the NBA: Lamar Odom


Since we’re feeling all nostalgic after our piece on Steve Chubin yesterday, we decided to check in on Lamar Odom, the only URI alum currently playing in the NBA. While Odom’s basketball career has not always been glamorous, he is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence this year with the team that originally drafted him – the Los Angeles Clippers. As he nears what is likely the tail end of his career (he’s 33… makes you feel old, doesn’t it?), let’s take a look at how Mr. Khloé Kardashian has been performing this season:

Odom has assumed the role of the “spark off the bench” guy for the Clippers, playing in all of LA’s 39 games, but starting in none of them. He’s averaging 3.6 points per game, but he’s mainly a player who grabs rebounds and eats up fouls. In the Clips last contest versus the Rockets, Lamar led the team in rebounds with 11, and also committed five fouls. He’s averaging 5.5 boards per game, improving on his average last year when he was with the Mavericks.

And the role suits him, especially after the fiasco last year of him disappearing from the team, being assigned to the D-league, being benched, and the run-in with Mark Cuban. It’s given Odom a fresh start as he tries to finish off his career. And with the Clippers currently with the 2nd-best record in the NBA, it would be pretty cool to see Lamar grab his third ring as he rides off into the sunset.

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