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Five observations of Lakers' island excursion

Updated: October 10, 2007, 2:30 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine
HONOLULU -- Five observations from the Lakers' training site in Hawaii ...

1. On media day, Lamar Odom talked about retiring when his current contract expires after next season. On the first day of training camp, he walked off the court carrying a book, "Safe in the Arms of God, Truth from Heaven About the Death of a Child." In between, he said hearing his name in trade talks this summer was "hurtful." All of which suggests the biggest concern about Odom is a bit farther north than his twice-surgically repaired left shoulder.

Odom lost his six-month-old son Jayden last summer, an absence deepened by his wife and their two other kids deciding to spend this season in New York, their offseason home. "That means eight months not seeing my kids," he says. "That's why I like the idea of retiring and maybe just being a father."

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer

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