Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/13/11
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.'' Odom and Vince Carter were the featured newcomers in a media day that was juiced up by an assortment of news items, including the trade of Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer to Denver that netted Dallas nothing but future cap space (significant in the Dwight Howard and Deron Williams chase, of course). There have been other days to talk about Dirk Nowitzki and his returning cast of champions. But this was a day to give some elbow room to Odom, who seemed a bit distraught by the last few days' events. "It's surreal,'' he said. "It's definitely surreal.'' On the floor, the arrangement might only seem "surreal'' to opponents that figure to struggle in combating what Dallas coach Rick Carlisle characterizes as the NBA's best trio of forwards, with Odom joining incumbents Nowitzki and Shawn Marion. But it's the front-office machinations that have Odom's shaved head spinning as he feels "disrespected'' by the Lakers for having shipped him to New Orleans in the controversial eventually-vetoed Chris Paul mess. "I think when you think about it, that kind of says it all,'' Odom said when asked about his ensuing trade request out of LA. "I guess it was just time from their standpoint I guess they just felt like, 'To hell with it.''' Odom's request specifically leads him to Dallas, a city big enough to support he and wife Khloe Kardashian's reality-show moonlighting and a team gifted enough to help him to another title. "This is the place I wanted to be,'' Odom said. "After I realized that I most likely wasn't going to (stay in LA), Dallas was the one place where I thought I would be a great fit.'' Odom and his wife are, I'm told, considering headquarters in DFW that will accommodate their lifestyle and their TV show. Among the options are the W Hotel in downtown Dallas, across the street from the American Airlines Center, and a mansion in a gated golf-course community in Las Colinas adjacent to the Four Seasons. But it seems anything will do, as long as it's not New Orleans. "I can't cuss,'' Odom told reporters, "but that's not where I wanted to be. No disrespect to anybody (in New Orleans) but it's not a place that I wanted to be after playing for the Lakers, a team that contends for a championship, that's what you expect to be around.'' He's around it again, as he's usually been in a stellar career that has earned him a reputation as an all-around player and an All-Star-caliber one. Odom said he is "weirded out'' by being a footnote in the failed Paul deal, one of the oddest non-transactions in sports history. But he's ready to bring his championship pedigree to Dallas as long as, teammate Nowitzki says, the tabloid silliness has its boundaries. "That's OK,'' Nowitzki said. "The NBA has always been a circus in the locker room. As long as (the paparazzi) don't stand outside my house, I'm OK.'' And once Lamar Odom gets his bearings, he'll be OK, too. Front and back.
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