In speaking to the media after the LA Lakers 109-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant came to the defense of former teammate Lamar Odom, whose become the scapegoat for the Mavericks struggles this season:
"It's tough," Bryant said. "He comes to a team that's pretty much set, you know what I mean? So it's hard for him to find his niche. The fans, they don't really understand what he does or how he can do it, you know what I mean?
"I hope they don't unlock that mystery. I know. I know how to use him and to use his skill set and this, that and the other. But with this team, the roster that they had being pretty much set, it's tough for him to be able to find his groove here."
Bryant seemed to give Odom a pep talk at the end of the game, but he refused to say what they talked about.