As a sign of just how dysfunctional this Lamar Odom saga has become for the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points in Saturday's 102-96 victory against Utah and was an afterthought.
Actually, afterthought is too strong. Nobody thought of him at all. He dressed quietly and exited without a single question about his absolute basketball brilliance.
"Way to go, L.O.," Dirk said, with a smile as he exited unmolested.
Media laughed, then turned and fired another round of "WTF?" at Odom about his 10-day absence, his seeming lack of effort when he was playing and a growing skepticism about whether Odom is just using his dad's illness as an excuse to check out on a Mavs team many believed he wanted no part of anyway. A case for that certainly exists, with LA being an easier go for Khloe Kardashian, for his reality show and for the friendly confines of Kobe Bryant's Lakers.
If life came with stat sheets, it would be so much easier. You could see that guy was being a jerk at that...