Lamar Odom: Is His Inconsistency on the Court a Result of Tragedy off the Court?

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom's professional career has been defined by his enormous potential and his inability to consistently get his game to match his talent.

The fact that Odom is 6'10", but has the ability to play like a seven-footer and is often the most skilled ball-handler on the court opens the door to limitless possibilities. But Odom has never been able to barge through those doors.

Sure the Lakers forward has dazzled us with his triple-doubles, and the vision of Odom leading the fast break can be breathtaking, but those moments have been few and far between.

Odom won the 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award last season which is an admirable accomplishment, but last season was arguably the best season of his 13-year career.

There are few players who are as versatile as Odom, and the broad scope of his abilities may make him the NBA's most unique talent, but he is hardly regarded as one of the league's great players.

I have always assumed that it was something in Odom's head that prevented him from making the leap to consistent NBA superstar, and I may have been partly right considering all the different emotions that must course through Odom's brain.

Earlier in the week it was reported that Odom was involved in a serious car accident, and more recently it was announced that a young man had died as a result of injuries sustained in that accident.

Odom was not driving the vehicle that struck and killed the victim but Yahoo! Sports reported that he was inconsolable after the incident, and based on the turmoil he's faced off the hardwood, it's not hard to understand why.

Not long ago Odom said that his mostly absent father was a heroin addict, he lost his mother while he was a young child, the grandmother who raised him is also deceased and in 2006 Odom lost his son Jayden to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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