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Odom Disciplined by Clippers

January 25, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lamar Odom, who missed practice Tuesday, was kept out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting lineup Wednesday night against Seattle.

Odom, 21, overslept and missed a scheduled flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He was appearing with teammate Keyon Dooling at a sporting goods trade show during the Clippers’ five-day break between games.

Dooling, a rookie guard, caught the one-hour flight and made it back in time for the 11 a.m. practice.

Odom, named Clippers co-captain with Sean Rooks on Nov. 4, also was kept out of the starting lineup on Dec. 6 for disciplinary reasons.

Coach Alvin Gentry also fined Odom an unspecified amount.

``I missed my flight,″ Odom said of the latest incident. ``I mean, it was a bad day to do it when we had practice, but I made a mistake.″

Eric Piatkowski made his first start of the season in place of Odom, who sat out the entire first quarter while his teammates built a 26-22 lead and shot 63 percent from the field. He also remained on the bench at the start of the second quarter.

``I was wrong. I’m a man. I’m 21 years old, I’m the co-captain on this team, and I can look anybody in the eye and let them know I made a mistake. But I’m going to get past it. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not going to faze me whatsoever. It’s going to be forgotten. We’re not going to base our season around one mistake.″

Odom, a second-year forward who entered the game averaging 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots, doesn’t think this latest episode will adversely affect his relationship with Gentry, who is in his first season as Clippers coach.

``He has always been fair and always been on the up-and-up. This is not going to affect our relationship in any way, shape or form,″ Odom said. ``We do have a good relationship, and everybody in the Clipper lockerroom has a good relationship.″

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