Intel: Odom the Lakers' real MVP?

Lamar Odom's versatility and ability to create mismatches are critical for the Lakers

Originally Published: May 29, 2009
By Eric Neel |

On the strength of his 19 points and 14 rebounds in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, consider for a moment the somewhat counterintuitive claim (made with all due respect to the Black Mamba and Señor Gasol) that Lamar Odom may actually be the Los Angeles Lakers' MVP.

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Eric Neel is a senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine.