Looking back the the NBA's storied history, the most prominent rivalry involves the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Two of the most successful teams in the organization, both the Lakers and the Celtics are tied at 17 championships each. However, the green team is currently a game away from Banner 18, and the thought of it absolutely displeases Lamar Odom.

A two-time champion with the Lakers, Odom recently admitted that seeing Boston's NBA Finals run makes him “sick.”

“I know Paul Pierce is happy and it kind of makes me sick to see him gloat and be that happy because that team is about to win,” Odom said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. “They were the best team that year (in 2008). I tip my hat to 'em, even this year, but it kind of makes me sick.”

Lamar Odom's clashes with the Celtics

Odom had his fair share of battles against the Celtics while donning a Lakers jersey. He even faced the green and white in the NBA Finals twice. The first was in 2008, as he mentioned in his comments. That year, Odom was a key player in an LA team that boasted Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Derek Fisher. In the grand finale, they took on the “Big 3 Celtics,” which were led by the trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. LA eventually fell to Boston in six games.

Nevertheless, revenge would occur two years later, during the 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers had the same core group, but with a few minor tweaks. New faces such as Metta World Peace (named Ron Artest at that time) and Shannon Brown suited up for the purple and gold, eager to help Odom and his squad wreak vengeance on the Celtics.

It wouldn't be easy though. Besides the Celtics' famed trio, young point guard Rajon Rondo was on the rise for Boston. Despite winning Games 1 and 3, the Lakers found themselves down 3-2 following the conclusion of Game 5. In Game 6, however, they leaned on a 26-point performance from Bryant to tie the series. And in the do-or-die clash, the Lakers rallied from a double-digit deficit in the third to come back and win it all.

During that 2009-10 season, Lamar Odom averaged 10.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists as the Lakers' sixth man. He would win the Sixth Man of the Year Award in the following year, his last-ever campaign with LA. Throughout his seven seasons with the purple and gold, Odom tallied 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.