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“There’s no way we can let Paul Pierce walk off here with the trophy!” - Lamar Odom's Game 7 pregame speech in the 2010 NBA Finals

Odom knew that the 2010 Lakers team was nervous prior to Game 7 so he motivated the locker room by picking on Paul Pierce.
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom and Paul Pierce

For almost all basketball fans, the two best words in the sport are "Game Seven." But for the players themselves, it's the most nerve-wracking moment of their lives, and understandably so. Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom was once upon a time in this situation when he and the Lakers faced the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals. LO recently revealed that it was by far the most thrilling and frightening moment of his basketball career.

How Odom motivated the Lakers' locker room

In the latest episode of The Lakers All Day Every Day (LADE) podcast, which Odom hosts, the 2-time champion went down memory lane by recalling his experience with Kobe Bryant and his teammates before Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

According to Odom, he knew that the Lakers were feeling jitters prior to the game, and so he had to motivate them in the best way possible. As a result, Odom kept yelling in the locker room that it was unacceptable for the team to watch Paul Pierce walk off the floor with the championship on that day.

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"I remember going to the gym and I went off telling everyone in the locker room that 'There's no way we can let Paul Pierce walk out here with the trophy!' because he's from L.A. and there's no way we can let that happen. I knew the game was going to be a fight because leading up to that part was a dog fight….," Odom said.

Odom manifested his wish.

Luckily for Odom and the Lakers, they got the best of their rivals and defeated the Celtics 83-79 despite digging themselves into a 13-point hole. Bryant had his worst game of the series, but Odom, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, and Derrick Fischer picked up the slack throughout the game. As for Pierce, well, he still led the Celtics with 18 points, but Odom got his wish by not allowing The Truth to walk off the floor with the championship.

According to Odom, the Lakers won that year primarily because of the intangibles.

"Our perseverance, camaraderie physically and spiritually at that point couldn't be beaten by anyone in the NBA, we were just too strong," Odom reiterated.

The 2010 Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics meant a lot to the Lakers because not only did it depict victory against their long-time rivals, but it was also payback for the 2008 NBA title that Boston won against them. So while it's understandable that the team was nervous about one of the most important games in franchise history, Odom did his part by motivating them and ensuring that Pierce didn't walk off the floor with the bragging rights on that memorable day. 

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