“Lamar would be great,” said Walton, who played with Odom on the Lakers from 2004-11 and won two NBA championships together. “Anyone who knows Lamar, when he’s right, he is one of the most likable people they’ve been around. He has a great knowledge of the game and has a great way of communicating with people.” […]
Although Walton has “talked many times over the last year” with Odom, they have not discussed anything recently. There also have not been any conversations with the Lakers on creating an additional position on Walton’s coaching staff, formally or informally.
While that’s kind of Walton to say, this really just seems to be a friend trying to take the high road on a preposterous proposition.
Maybe Odom would be a fantastic coach based on his playing days; he was a pass-first big man who understood nearly every aspect of the game, and that approach can pay dividends on the bench.