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Lamar Odom wants to see LeBron James channel his inner Kobe Bryant for the Lakers to win a title

Lamar Odom wants to see LeBron James channel his inner Kobe Bryant for the Lakers to win a titles

Lamar Odom wants to see LeBron James channel his inner Kobe Bryant for the Lakers to win a titles

Ex-Laker Lamar Odom shared how he thinks his former team can win it all. He claimed he hopes to see the same leadership traits they had back in the day, most notably from LeBron James.

Lamar Odom’s Lakers assessment

TMZ Sports caught up with Odom and asked him about his thoughts on the current Lakers. Former Sixth Man Of The Year believes the team still has what it takes to turn the ship around. But what worried him was the bust-up between Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis -- a sign of potential locker room issues which took place earlier in the season. 

AD and Dwight have since patched things up, but the troubles never seem to end for the Purple and Gold. Players missing games due to health and safety protocols, inconsistent production from star players, too many turnovers, and failing to keep the lead are some of the issues L.A. still needs to address if they want to make a deep playoff run. 

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Odom wants LeBron to channel inner Kobe Bryant

Lamar won two titles with the L.A. Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Back then, the team also had to overcome adversities, but the Lakers relied on their defense to turn things around. Credit goes to Kobe Bryant’s will and tenacity, which rubbed off on Odom and his teammates. Now, Lamar wants to see LeBron’s will and tenacity rubbing off on Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Lakers. 

“A lot of the teams that I played for that won championships, you know, we had a tremendous leader in Bean Bryant," Lamar said. "You know, a lot of his will, tenacity, it kind of rubbed off on us, and I would like to see LeBron James’s will and tenacity and his will to win rub off on these Lakers guys. I think once that happens, once they coincide that, they’ll be alright.”

The Lakers will go as far as LeBron James can take them. That’s the sad reality fans have to accept. Despite the retooled roster to lessen the burden on The King, it seems like L.A. needs LeBron to do LeBron things again.

At 37 years old, James has shown he’s more than capable of doing the heavy lifting for his team. But as Odom mentioned, once LeBron’s will to win starts to infect his teammates, the same way Bryant inspired them in winning back-to-back titles, it’s game over for the rest of the league. The alternative, based on what we've seen from them thus far, is ugly

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