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Lamar Odom apologizes to Cuban, Mavericks

Sep 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following:

Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power.

via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told ….

So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas?

Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening, Cuban declined comment.

via Is apology from Lamar Odom on the way? – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas.

Whoops.

Odom’s trying to turn over a new leaf back in L.A. with the other team. He’s trying to get back on the good foot to fix his career, but what happened in Dallas will remain a fairly substantial black mark on his permanent record, so to speak. He abandoned his teammates, let the coaching staff down, and made Cuban and management look foolish for believing in him.

Oh, yeah, and the trade helped the Lakers land Steve Nash, who the Mavericks were interested in. So, no, I wouldn’t expect a Christmas card from the Cubans.

But the good news is that he has a chance to turn it all around with a strong performance for the Clippers and get back to where he was a vital contributor on a championship team. And at least he’s willing to own up to what happened. To a degree. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes, that last line about it being beyond his power isn’t going to go over well with some people, despite all the personal turmoil of the past two years for Odom.

  1. football58 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    He is sorry for taking 9 million dollars and doing nothing. I am not sure if sorry works for 9 million down the drain for the Mavericks and Cuban.

    • drunkenjunk - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      well said. If he’s so sorry he can give the money back that he didn’t earn.

  2. dgbk - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    beyond his power to be professional?? i like odom as a player and a person but that last part is weak.

  3. goldmember21 - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Odom should retire and continue his garbage reality show

  4. mazblast - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Beyond his power? As in, “My chubby no-talent wife and her no-talent, money-mad family wanted me back in LA to keep making my boring TV show for their big bucks, so rather than be a professional and do what I’m paid millions to do, I caved and did what they demanded. Signed, Lamar ‘No Cojones’ Kardashian”

  5. cosanostra71 - Sep 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Honestly, Odom had a lot of death in his life over the past year. That’s tough to deal with.

    • eugenesaxe - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      If he was that wrecked, he should’ve come out and said he was unable to earn his check.

    • cmehustle - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      That is tough to deal with no matter how much you make. But he was the one who chose to show up and collect his paycheck. He could have took time off (unpaid, sort of like how the rest of us do) and dealt with his issues. We could all respect that.

      • cosanostra71 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        Not disagreeing with either of you. Just saying. I think some of the comments about his wife or not liking Dallas aren’t looking at the whole picture.

  6. opshuns - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Apologies have to be in person.

  7. diamondmo33 - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    A$$wipe

    • paleihe - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Wow, lots of people here are sitting on some really high horses.

      Most people take money from their employers without actually working. They text, surf the net, spend time talking with coworkers about whatever they saw on TV last night, gossip about who’s going out with who…seriously, stop acting like he’s the only person that didn’t earn his paycheck ever. Us “normal folk” do it too. We simply get paid less.

      The comments about his wife are irrelevant.

  8. dysraw1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    now im not saying shes a gold digger.

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