DALLAS Lamar Odom's initial appearance as a member of the Dallas Mavericks featured a classic fashion set-up: Business in the front, party in the back.
The rear of Odom's shaved head featured a crown of stars shaved onto his skull. Meanwhile, as the ex-Laker and pop-culture icon was introduced to Dallas via the defending champion's Tuesday Media Day, the front of Odom was all business.
"It's hard, it's hard, it's hard,'' Odom said of repeating as NBA titlists, something the 2010-11 NBA Sixth Man of the Year accomplished with the Lakers in 2010. "If (Dallas) thought winning the championship was hard, defending it is going to be tougher. Everybody's coming for you rather than you doing the hunting which changes the mindsets of teams and your team.''
Then Odom, meeting the press at the American Airlines Center for the first time, seemed to take a breath for re-evaluation.
"But,' he finally added, "if a team can do it, this one can.''
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