Disgruntled ticket buyers of the NBA D-League game on Saturday between the Texas Legends and Austin Toros who looked forward to seeing Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom play for the Legends can call the Legends' main number, followed by the proper extension (available on the team's website) and Legends president Bill Boyce will handle each person on a case-by-case basis, according to ESPNDallas.com.
Odom is averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season. (Reuters/Mike Stone)
Odom, whom the Mavericks assigned to the D-League on Friday, has not played in a basketball game since Feb. 20 after leaving the team for personal reasons. He was supposed to play in the D-League game to build up stamina before returning to the Mavericks for their road game Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but was instead recalled just hours before he was supposed to report to the Legends in nearby Frisco for the morning shootaround.
The move was immediately necessary, especially for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz, after the Mavericks lost Friday to the New Orleans Hornets 97-92, their fourth straight loss. Odom, despite posting the lowest numbers of his careers so far this season, remains one of the most versatile two-way players in the NBA.
ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan reported that the Legends' ticket office said sales spiked with the Odom assignment. The team's website even added an NBA Tracker featuring Odom's smiling face in order to keep track of Odom's points, rebounds and assists as he battled the Toros, the D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs and rival of the Legends.
Boyce and other front-office members were at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco early Saturday morning sorting through the change in plans and determining how to handle Odom's call-up.
Obviously, this is unprecedented for us, Boyce said. We take customer satisfaction very seriously.
Boyce said a large crowd was expected even prior to Odom's D-League assignment because the Legends were celebrating the franchise's second annual Military Night, and, as of the early afternoon, ticket sales were nearing a sellout.
Nevertheless, while the Legends didn't plan to put forth a formal policy for fans who explicitly purchased tickets to see Odom play, which could spell a barrage of angry, incoming calls, Donnie Nelson, Legends owner and Mavericks president of basketball operations, remained ardent in satisfying the customer.
We'll take good care of 'em, he said.