View Full Version : Pippen enlisted to help Odom follow in his footsteps

10-06-2005, 09:18 AM
Lamar Odom (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/players/3327) is eager to become Kobe Bryant (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/players/3118)'s sidekick with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/teams/lakers)

Scottie Pippen (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/players/268), once an acclaimed sidekick himself, is lending a hand in that direction at the behest of Phil Jackson, his former coach in Chicago.

When Jackson returned to the Lakers for a second time in June, he pointed to Odom's disappointing 2004-05 season and how much he expected from the versatile 6-foot-10 player.

Jackson coached the Michael Jordan (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/players/3464)-led Chicago Bulls (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/teams/bulls) to six championships in the 1990s, with Pippen a secondary star playing a variety of roles including being the leader of Jordan's supporting cast.