As I sit back and watch the Los Angeles Lakers battle the Dallas Mavericks, a thought crossed my mind. Something is missing, from both sides. No, not Kobe Bryant, but Lamar Odom. Also, if the playoffs start it today, these two teams would be battling in the first round. Now, as you know, the Lakers traded Odom to the Mavs and the Mavs released him last week. But both could have possibly reached the Finals with Odom in the line-up. Odom is one of the best six-man in the game, and he was pivotal to the Lakers winning their last two championships. I sure wish the Lakers could reach out and get em, but we know its not possibly until next year.