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Lamar Odom is back with the Clippers, but what does it all mean?

T.J. SIMERS Lamar Odom, one of the most likable but enigmatic figures in L.A. sports history, returns to team with which he began his NBA career. It could be great, it could go bad, or it could be just plain weird. Now Odom thinks the Clippers have the look of a champion, and he sees himself as a spark off the bench. "This is so good," he says. The Clippers will want him to play on the Olympic team to gain time with Blake Griffin and Paul, but he's not sure he will do so. He says his daughter is getting ready to attend high school and he would love to spend the next month with her in New York. As for "Khloe & Lamar," the TV show is on hold, he says, while he and wife Khloe Kardashian "chill" and he dedicates himself to basketball. But it was never a distraction, he tells Oprah a few days ago, and yet what will be bigger Clippers news: Chauncey Billups' recovery or Khloe getting pregnant? Whatever, the Clippers look more promising today with Odom, but how does he convince everyone he's really back? "I'm the kid from South Jamaica Queens who has beaten the odds again and again," he says with a little extra verve in his voice. "And in time the naysayers will be riding the bandwagon."

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