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Report: Odom, Cuban had locker-room argument before Odom’s departure

Apr 10, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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ESPN Dallas’ Tim McMahon and Marc Stein have the report:

At halftime of his final game with the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, Lamar Odom had an angry exchange with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the visitors’ locker room in Memphis, according to sources familiar with the discussion.

Sources told ESPNDallas.com that the heated words were “the culmination” of an exasperating weekend. That convinced team officials to initiate discussions on Easter that led to the parties agreeing split for the rest of the season.

According to sources, the crux of the heated halftime confrontation was Cuban asking Odom if he was “in or out.” Sources said Odom, who had played only four minutes in the first half, reacted angrily to the question and did not take his seat on the bench until after the third quarter began.

According to Stein and McMahon, Cuban had been one of Odom’s biggest supporters during his lousy season with the Mavericks, but it looks like he simply got fed up with Odom’s uneven and uninspired play. Odom averaged just 6.6 points per game on 35.2% shooting for the Mavericks this season before he agreed to be placed on the inactive list for the remainder of the year.

  1. allball23 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    What a cupcake. Your playing like a washed up has been a year after being 6th man of the year. Clearly playing bad uninspired basketball and you get mad because your boss calls you on it. Your so bad they are paying you stay home and do nothing. Maybe klohe can help you find your nutsac.

    • dolphinatic - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      or let you borrow hers….

  2. drunkenjunk - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    lol, hell yea Cubes. This made my day.

    I know this is off topic but this is the other thing that made my day.

    http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2012-articles/april/jalen-rose-owns-skip-bayless-over-skips-fraudulent-basketball-career.html

    Seeing Bayless get torched is incredible. I hope the rest of his colleagues pile on.

  3. addict2sport - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Cuban better watch his back. Khloe is gonna get her inner WWF Chyna on and whoop his arse!

  4. giantssb42champs - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Lamar, look at the bright side… at least you get to go home to Khloe. Well, then again….

  5. mcqphx - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Looks like that shark just tanked.

  6. grimreeper - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Damn Odom u were one of my favorite players. Man what happened I thought you would fit in good with Dallas well I guess you pouting cause you want to be with Kobe man grow some nuts man up and play ball!!!!

  7. cdins - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I cant believe anyone has sympathy for odom or tries to justify how awful he is

  8. broncosfan29 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    why does odom act like a little b!tch because l.a. traded him?

  9. jolink653 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    wow you’re a professional basketball player with no tolerance for criticism or guts? how are people supposed to treat you…people question your heart and effort and you respond by shutting it down and performing worse? instead of going out using that as motivation and proving them wrong you prove them right…good luck finding someone to take you next year whatever team is stupid enough to do it will wind up with a whiny little wimp on their bench for 42 minutes a game

  10. pesh00 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    This is why people can’t tolerate players whining about not making enough money. if he had worked hard and it didnt work….fans wouldn’t be mad. However LO is just a pathetic, lazy, POS!

  11. cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Hey Lamar Kardashian, don’t forget your skirt!

    • sikeologist - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      “A true kardashian, getting paid millions for doing nothing”

      https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/295225_412697438758786_367810133247517_1466243_856822544_n.jpg

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        He’s becomming a Kardashian, annoying & no talent.

  12. backdraft440 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I hope this nutsack never plays again in the NBA!

  13. BigBeachBall - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    yo Odom, find a better women than that… Kardasians are all pant wearers…

  14. kaughy - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Love the game, hate the players !

  15. mavzncowboyz87 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Thank god! Go Mavs!

  16. africanballer - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    The thing about lamar odom is he was so comfortable in LA that he didn’t see that coming, being on the trading block almost every season but never actually being traded he must’ve thought I’ll be around for good, then they dropped him like a bad habit and now he’s lost. Feel sorry for the dude

  17. baywatchboy - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Why was Cuban in the locker room during halftime?

  18. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    @ africanballer get a reality check!!!!! Have you been at your job all your f#?&!n life? Go hold that losers’ hand and rub his empty bald head why don’t you!!! You and Khloe think alike!!!!!

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