Odom thrilled about his return to LA with Clippers

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Monday, July 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

The Clippers' top brass — at least what's left of it after general manager Neil Olshey's abrupt departure for Portland last month — says its character questions about Odom have been answered. Odom might have had a few similar questions about the Clippers, who are working without a GM for now.

Personnel decisions are being made by a committee of team President Andy Roeser, director of player personnel Gary Sacks and Del Negro. Olshey's departure still might be a dismaying step back for the franchise that made such progress on its reputation in the past year, but the Clippers still have Griffin, Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler and a solid core of young talent for next season.

"This is the right place for him to be at the right time," Roeser said. "He wants to win, and that's all he cares about. His willingness to do whatever it takes, regardless of what it means for him individually, is something that will serve us well."

And with Paul just one season away from unrestricted free agency, the Clippers know they must build quickly on last season's impressive effort. Los Angeles finished fifth in the Western Conference and made the playoffs for just the second time in the last 15 years during just its second winning season in two decades. The Clippers also won their first-round series in impressive fashion over Memphis.

Odom believes he can play a supporting role in that production — and maybe even be a star again.

"There's a lot of things I want to make right," he said. "I know what kind of player I am. I just want to get back to that level. I told Coach I'm 100 percent in on whatever he needs and whatever he wants to be done. I'll be his soldier."

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