Odom had been absent for the last 10 games. There had been a plan to kick him down to the minors for a little rehab, but that was canceled and he was back on the court in his Mavs uniform, but only after an appeal for patience from his teammates.
"It was really personal, something I had to tend to,” Odom said, explaining his absence. "Mark Cuban is a great owner for understanding and knowing that sometimes we have to fix what's going on off the court in order for us to fix what's on the court.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Odom's father, who has long struggled with heroin addiction, was "gravely ill" with an undisclosed problem.
Lamar's return to his team was a solid one. He scored nine points in 18 minutes of play. He also had five rebounds and blocked a season-high three shots.