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Lamar Odom gets philosophical about time with Mavericks

Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

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Lamar Odom, rather than getting ready for the playoffs with the Mavericks, has been sent away by that team. Not cut loose, Dallas still has his contract, but they told him to just go away — he didn’t want to be there and the distraction wasn’t worth it.

So Odom was back in his hometown of New York and showed up instead recently at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Working the red carpet. So he was asked about his time with Dallas, and he sounded philosophical.

“It was short lived, too bad it couldn’t work out but things happen for a reason. My life has been so crazy the last couple years, as far as issues with my family, as far as going through personal tragedy. And I felt like God was saying, ‘You know what Lamar, I’m going to give you a little time. A little time to step back and soak everything in….”

Odom had his highly publicized marriage to Khloe Kardashian, but he also had a cousin murdered and other death around him. It clearly took a toll on him — if he had stayed with the Lakers he wouldn’t have been the same player.

So what about all the things that were said about him in Dallas?

“It’s too bad. It’s one thing I’m not going to do is play that game… if somebody wants to take we’ll shot let them take a shot. Be a professional, be a gentleman about it and I wish them much success.”

We’ll see what happens next season, but if Odom comes back with his head screwed on right (or as much as it ever was) he could still be a contributor for a good team.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    He’ll be back. Hopefully with the Lakers.

  2. jwlemarine - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Worthless waste of The Mavericks time and money! Hope he never comes back to the NBA. Go do another crappy reality show. No good at that either though! I guess that’s why your wife left you!!

  3. jrod2go - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t really speak like that.

  4. nesgodawg - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    The only thing worse than the whimper of a dying puppy is someone looking at you while they sing.

  5. xrateplaya - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    This guys trash

  6. marlin1894 - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:37 AM


    Why is he trash? He’s had a personally rough year. He’s human, tragedy hurts everyone and spills into their professional life.

  7. anhdazman - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    He’ll go where his wife wants him to be at.


    Khloe K.

  8. pxeeks - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    He’s making millions to not play now. He made millions this year when he was in uniform and playing like garbage. The NBA salary rules are awful. We all would of not been paid at our jobs if we performed like him. He sucks.

    • kinggw - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Well your job isnt the same, so get over it. There isnt a more juvenile argument than if I did what these athletes are doing, I would lose my job. It speaks to your jealousy.There is nothing remotely similar about the job of a professional athlete and a regular 9 to 5. Can we please stop acting like its the same dynamic?

      • dysraw1 - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        well said

  9. vilelabyrinth - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    “god said…” LOL

  10. drunkenjunk - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Is this joke really questioning the professionalism of the Mavs?

    • Gordon - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Amen to that. Not to mention he’s walking the red carpet, while the team he abandoned is busting their ass trying to get a better playoff seed.

  11. omniusprime - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Grow up Crybaby Odom, time to start acting like a real man instead of some jesus freak wimpy little boy. Your false god didn’t do squat about giving you any time, time to fess up that all your problems are your own doing. Plus this is what happens when you marry some Kardashian trash and become nothing but a reality clown. I hope the Lakers are smart enough not to give this born again loser a second chance, the team doesn’t need a crybaby to babysit all the time. I hope no NBA team is stupid enough to pick up Odom and he has to go overseas to play basketball, won’t his idiot wife like that.

    • limonadamas - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      i sense much anger in you…

  12. gavin1978 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Lamar you are an utter disgrace, you should be ashamed of yourself for picking the runt of the litter your wife looks like Miss Piggy an you were balling like Kermit the Frog

  13. chiadam - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    And did he volunteer to give the money back after God told him to step away? Did he donate it all to mental health charities / research? Or did he keep on cashing those checks to buy ring-dings for his wife?

  14. j0esixpack - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I’m in Odom’s corner on this one.

    Being rich and famous doesn’t insulate one from life’s challenges. True “wealth” has nothing to do with money or a trophy wife.

    Odom has experienced hardships early in his life that few posters on this board could have overcome. The recent losses he suffered aren’t easier because he has fame and money now.

    Hopefully his sabbatical helps him regain focus and continue a productive career – or perhaps it’s time for a new chapter entirely.

    The fact that he doesn’t much care what fickle fans who root for the laundry care is a good sign.

    • lofipatrick - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      All while getting paid for a job he didn’t do.

      • davidly - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Actually, if you read his contract, you will notice that nowhere does it say that, in order to get paid, he has to do the job you’re saying he didn’t do.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      “Odom has experienced hardships early in his life that few posters on this board could have overcome.”
      GTFO. His hardships aren’t anything that almost everyone goes through. He’s an adult, he should carry himself accordingly.

      • j0esixpack - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        The point is, he’s already shown more courage than the vast majority of the anonymous know-it-alls who haven’t faced half the challenges he has and get their jollies by posting anonymous snarky comments on this site.

        (and please accept my apologies if you’re name really is “drunkenjunk”)

    • tibbs7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Then Odom should have just given the money back to the Mavericks.
      Or he should have not led the Mavericks on when he had no intention of fulfilling his obligations. At least the Mavericks could have got someone else who wanted to play.
      He is a real piece of work and has posters like you defending him. You must be taking advantage of the system too because you relate to him so well.

      • davidly - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Ooooh, of all the outrage! Oh when, oh when will the world give us relief from such inhumanity!

        Thank goodness that we have you, tibbs7 – one who is so brave to speak the truth to such wanton venality. You will no doubt go down in history as a heroic icon for the truth!

      • chuckj1234 - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        I suppose you would have. Not!!!!

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      I am outraged that you referred to Chloe Kardashian as a “trophy wife.”

      You AND Lamar need to get your eyes checked.

      • j0esixpack - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        I’ll give you that. I’ve never understood society’s fascination with them either.

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM


        Odom couldn’t hold my nutsack. I guarentee i’ve been through way more than that little bi$#%.

  15. lenbias34pt - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Everyone goes thru tragedy…….it’s how you deal with it Lamar.

    So much of this is insane; my favorate aspect is that i’m sure within a day or 2 of his being let go he wanted to play ball again.
    Maybe how lucky he is will now dawn on him……but you have to bet against it.

  16. winherewinthere - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Odom has the emotions of a high school girl. Also, he’s not all that great of a player. This guy is baggage.

  17. mikeewright7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Once again Ignorance is highly preach in these comments,

    Im also in Odom’s corner and marrying Khloe has nothing to do with his stress, (Well not the main source)
    Someone close to him was killed as well as him killing someone, if that don’t hit a soft spot in your life then idk wht will.
    Yea he’s being paid millions to not work, im sure nobody commenting would give that money up, give him a year off, he will come back to a team and continue to be good and as far as THE FALSE GOD comments, little do you know God works in mysterious ways, so GOD could be “IN WORKS” meanning GOD see’s someone going down the wrong path so he does something to get them to think, Lamar not playing is giving him time to work on himself


  18. rexismybff - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Lakers sent Odom on a mission to destroy the Mavs from within this season. Mission accomplished – nice job Lamar!

  19. lakerluver - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Screw Dallas, bunch of One Hit Wonders!! Lamar’s a good dude. Most of you losers posting on here would’ve jumped off the nearest bridge if you were in his shoes.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      And miss out on getting paid millions for doing nothing?

      I’m pretty sure the majority of people could find someway to cope with being forced NOT to work for the rest of the year.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      you’re a douche. See you in the playoffs.

  20. boilerup1869 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM


  21. jstone99 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    I’ve read all these comments about how we can’t know how hard it is for Lamar, or how we all would kill ourselves if we had to go through what he’s gone through. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I know, and I know many of you do as well, a lot of people who have suffered as much if not more than Mr. Odom with much less. I’ve seen people suffer far greater and work 20 times harder to receive a fraction of what that man is receiving to do absolutely nothing. This pathetic defense of a whiny primadonna has to stop. He is a terrible example of what a professional athlete should be in every way. He has no strength, to poise, and most of all no loyalty. None of the qualities a professional should have in ANY job field, let alone one where you are considered a role model, end of story.

  22. 700levelvet - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    and the world awaits…….When his nuts drop………..What a drama queen

  23. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    @ marlin1894 you’re an excuse maker you under achieving f#(% !!! If a surgeon has a bad summer is it okay for him to screw up your surgery?! You’re such an idiot!!!!!

  24. busyhappyandfree - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    I’m from Texas, born and raised and a major Mavericks fan. I don’t believe Lamar gave 100%. You can’t fault the Mavericks for saying something about his playing skills. They make a lot of money and should always give 110%. Do I think Lamar has it in him, absolutely but for some reason he just didn’t really want to be in Texas (be it family or personal). Lamar, find the love of basketball again. Not what team you are playing on or how much money you are making..but the love of basketball. Then you will find your game back.

    In regards to harsh statements about Khloe. Look around you at the average size of a people in today’s time. Khloe looks great. (And no I’m not gay or large) I think Lamar didn’t just look at the outside but there was something on the inside of Khloe that made Lamar fall in love with her. (and I’m sure visa versa). I hope their marriage makes it. I know it’s hard in a world so fast to divorce.

    Good luck to both Lamar and Khloe.

  25. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @ lakerluver you sounds like a person who condones mediocrity. You’re a bottom feeder you jerk off!!!

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