DALLAS Lamar Odom had taken an impossibly long time away from the Dallas Mavericks to deal with personal matters. After contributing to a 102-96 win over the visiting Jazz on Saturday, he took an impossibly long time in his locker stall, his tattooed back to the gathered media swarm, meticulously arranging his jewelry and lathering his bald head with lotion.
And after all the waiting was through and maybe all the circus had ceased, the enigmatic basketball celebrity exited the locker room and behind closed doors, where almost no one could see, he engaged Mavs special assistant Tim Grgurich in an impossibly long hug.
"I know I wanted to play,'' said Odom, ending an odd and frustrating 10-day absence from the team with his most energetic effort of the season (nine points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in 18 minutes).
"There are certain things you need to take care of so you move on. Some things beat us down. Sometimes we need to step away from everything to ...