Lamar Odom says Lakers fans should root for Clippers as form of ‘patriotism’ to city of Los Angeles

Brad Sullivan
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Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom offered the opinion that fans of the Lakers should be patriotic by rooting for the team’s in-city rival, the Los Angeles Clippers.

Odom, who also played for the Clippers, made his remarks during “The Lade Show” podcast he co-hosts with Aron Cohen.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Odom said. “If you a Laker fan and the Clippers are playing, you should be rooting for them.”

When asked by Cohen why those fans should consider such an idea, Odom then gave his controversial reason.

“Some type of patriotism,” responded Odom.

Cohen responded with a blunt rejection of the idea, with Odom then offering the reasoning behind his idea.

The Lakers and Clippers have both been playing in Los Angeles since the 1984-85 season, though the Clippers have long played in the Lakers’ shadow.

For most of that time, the reason for fans largely preferring the Lakers was a simple one: The Lakers won countless championships or usually contended for titles. In contrast, the Clippers’ legacy in the city has mostly been one of futility.

In recent years, the Clippers have taken a number of positive steps forward. However, the franchise is still looking to capture its first NBA title.

Odom began his NBA career with the Clippers, who selected him with the fourth overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft. He spent his first four seasons with them before signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2003.

After just one season with the Heat, Odom was dealt to the Lakers as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat.

Odom remained with the Lakers until being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in December 2011. During his time with the Lakers, Odom was a part of the team’s NBA titles in both 2009 and 2010.

At the end of that 2011-12 season, Odom then played in his final NBA season by coming off the bench for the Clippers.

Subsequent efforts to stay in the league came up short, with Odom having off-the-court trouble and later experiencing embarrassing personal issues. Most notably, he nearly died from a drug overdose in October 2015, with hospital expenses forcing him to sell his championship rings

Even though both teams are representing the city of Los Angeles, Odom’s idea is likely a fanciful one that few fans will take seriously. Decades or even just years of support can be hard to shift, especially since the rivalry has gained steam in recent years.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.