About (Late) Last Night: Khloe Kardashian says husband Lamar Odom is an 'amazing asset' to the Lakers [Video]
Don't accuse Lamar Odom of shirking his basketball duties. After the usually levelheaded player was ejected from Sunday's disastrous playoff loss against the Dallas Mavericks, some disgruntled Lakers fans speculated that his budding second career as a reality television star was distracting him from his job on the court.
But on Wednesday night, at least, Odom appeared to have his priorities firmly intact: Scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show" alongside wife/co-star Khloe Kardashian, Odom opted instead to sit for an exit interview.
That left Kardashian in the somewhat awkward position of acting as Odom's publicist. Dressed in glittery stilettos and a skintight skirt that, as host Jay Leno noted, appeared to be made of shrink wrap, the reality-TV starlet spoke ruefully about Odom and the team's playoff loss. "He's obviously disappointed. You know, they're two-time champions. They wanted it, but it just didn't happen."
"Did he feel bad after the whole deal with the foul and everything?" Leno asked.
Kardashian offered a (kinda-sorta) apology on behalf of her husband: "He did. He definitely thought it wasn't the smartest thing to do, you know. But, what can you do?"
The conversation turned to a happier subject: Odom's recent receipt of the NBA's Sixth Man Award. "He cried when he accepted his award, he was so honored. And he works so hard," Kardashian said. "I do think he's such an amazing asset."
Frustrated Lakers fans: Do you agree?
-- Meredith Blake