"He has been excused to tend to a family matter," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said an hour and a half before the Mavs' tipoff against the Los Angeles Lakers. "He will rejoin us after the [All-Star] break."
Odom, the Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season, has struggled to fit in with the Mavs since arriving in a December salary-dump deal. The Lakers sent him to Dallas for a future first-round pick and a trade exception after Odom requested to be traded following a blockbuster deal that would have sent him to New Orleans as part of a package for Chris Paul being vetoed by commissioner David Stern.
The 32-year-old Odom admittedly reported in poor condition and has averaged career lows in points (7.7 per game), rebounds (4.5), assists (1.7), field-goal percentage (.357) and minutes (21.4).
"He's a guy that's 6-10, 6-11 that's extremely versatile and can help you on both ends of the floor, so I think they'll miss him tonight, but they're still a formidable team without him," Lakers coach Mike Brown told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave Mcmenamin before the game. "They have some veterans on their team that are pro's pros and that are NBA champions and know how to play the game the right way. So they'll miss him, but it will still be a tough task here."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave Mcmenamin was used in this report.