Odom talks about celebrity marriage

Lamar Odom has heard all the talk about his marriage with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.
Some say he married her to become more famous or promote his new clothing line (which got picked up by boutiques such as Kitson after his marriage). Others say he married her to be on a hit TV show.

Odom laughed off such talk as he got ready to play the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

"They can say what they want but I don't pay too much attention to it and neither does she," Odom said. "I guess to a lot of people it's interesting or entertaining but I don't pay too much attention to it. When I married her I knew what I was signing up for.

"I'm a good dude. I've made a good living playing basketball. I don't have to date someone or marry someone to make a better living. I do pretty well for myself. It's too bad that people say stuff like that. I don't think she's hurt by it. I still love my wife."

Odom admits he has more fans coming up to him now than he did before, and many of them don't care how he played last night.

"When I married her and appeared on the show a whole new demographic of people knew who I was," Odom said. "People come up to me who don't even care about basketball and say, 'Oh, we love your wife, can we take a picture?' That's just the way it is. You have to expect that. I just try to be myself."

"I don't mind people. I can read somebody really quick; the angle that they're coming at me. If I take a picture with a woman ... I'm going to put my hands to my sides. I'm not going to let them put their hands around my waist or anything like that."

Although Odom isn't crazy about the "Mr. Kardashian" nickname, he says he loves the other nickname he's gotten since becoming a married Laker.

"When I married Khloe I turned into a Laker beau, which I've never been called before," Odom said. "Now, I'm a beau. ... I didn't marry her to sell T-shirts but I'd probably marry her to be called a beau. That's the one thing I do want out of the relationship, to be called a beau."

Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.