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Odom wants to apologize to Mavs fans, Cuban for last season

Oct 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

Lamar Odom AP

Lamar Odom’s fall from Sixth Man of the Year and NBA title holder to guy the Dallas Mavericks told to just go away and don’t come near the rest of the players was fast and public.

Odom invited it all in when he married a Kardashian and became a reality television star, but when he was just not mentally ready for the season he became public enemy No. 1 in Dallas. (Well, No. 2, No. 1 is always Tony Romo.) He became the scapegoat for a disappointing season in Dallas following their title run, lockout and roster makeover.

Then ESPN’s Ric Bucher tweeted this (hat tip Ball Don’t Lie):

 

Cuban declined to comment at Mavs camp, which is the smart move. Take the high road here.

I’m a fan of his, but Odom was woeful as a member of the Mavs. He is a guy who struggles to compartmentalize life on and off the court. That summer before he was in New York for the funeral of a cousin when a car he was in (not driving) struck and killed a 15-year-old. The lockout came and he wasn’t motivated. He showed up to training camp out of shape and disinterested, and things spiraled down from there. Mavs fans have a reason to be frustrated, Odom has always been talented and enigmatic, but this was as bad as he has been.

Now he is a Clipper (although reports are he didn’t exactly show up to camp in peak shape) and I expect him to have a better season. He is back in his comfort zone, and you can bet Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will push him. Hard.

As for Odom and Dallas, it’s really best if both sides moved on and tried to forget about it. No reason to dwell on the past.

  1. paleihe - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Did this get recycled from yesterday? And they wiped out the comments? LOL

    • nycalldayz - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      So it’s not just me. Probasketball does whip out comments. lol

  2. blueintown - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Yeah, it’s almost the exact same story. Hopefully they’ll post something new soon about how K.G. isn’t going to call Ray Allen anymore.

  3. ningenito78 - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Felt it was beyond his power.

    And THATS why Cuban and Mavs fans should not care.

  4. somekat - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    if he feels that bad, tell him to give his salary back

    • muhangis - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      LOL that is a bit too extreme, to say the least. And I’ve seen worse. Not to mention Odom never asked to be traded to Dallas, Cuban’s fault he made the trade.

      Be mad at Cuban, not Odom!

      • somekat - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        I’m not that mad at either. But if he’s really that upset, and wants to make it up to cuban, and more importantly, the Dallas fans, give the salary back, or at least a chunk of it. Against the CBA? Get Cuban to make a lottery in Dallas, and the rewards are the money you want to give back.

        I don’t see how you can say “I’m sorry”, but “I’m keeping the 9 million you gave me”. But honestly, this is just another reason why players should not get guranteed contracts. If you want to gurantee them in case of injury, fine, no problem. If you pay a player to play, he shows up but doesn’t want to play (like Odom), the team should have the option to let him walk and not pay him

  5. somekat - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/30/lamar-odom-apologizes-to-cuban-mavericks/

    Moore put this up 2 days ago, Kurt is awesome

  6. eugenesaxe - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    “Odom invited it all in when he married a Kardashian and became a reality television star,”
    That had nothing to do with it. Not trying, and not giving a crap for a whole season, that was the problem.

    • losangeleschargers17 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Weed withdrawal is tough man, don’t judge. I now that he’s back in LA we got all the herbs he needs

  7. windycity52 - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    He gets paid millions of dollars to do his job, which he failed to do last year. He lost a lot of my respect in my book. But still a good player when he gets his stuff together.

  8. metalhead65 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    so the fact he feels bad about how he played last year year makes it ok for him to have made millions for doing nothing and helping to ruin the mavs season?he didn’t want to be traded despite the fact he told the lakers to trade him makes it ok to not care about the team he was traded to? the fact he says he feels bad does not absolve himself for his performance and make mavs fans forget and forget about it.

  9. bobby2478 - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    “He gets paid millions of dollars to do his job, which he failed to do last year. He lost a lot of my respect in my book.”

    ******************************

    Have you ever lost a loved one, had a loved one fall ill, or been involved in an accident where you killed a kid? Likely not judging by your comment. In addition to his cousin dying and his father being seriously ill, he watched a 15 year old die right in front of him.

    Crappy things happen to people in life, and everyone copes with traumatic events differently. Sometimes after a traumatic event you can’t focus on your job because quite honestly your job just isn’t the most important thing in life. So instead of judging him, try to think how well you’d be able to focus on your job after similar events. I know first hand after a friend was killed in front of me I had a very tough time focusing on anything, let alone my job, for quite some time.

    • metalhead65 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      if he was not ready to play ball because of what he went thru then he should not have played. he was just using that as an excuse as he was ok enough to play for the lakers but all of sudden unable to cope when got sent to the mavs? not buying it fo a min.

  10. bj1980 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Mr. Odom is sorry he didn’t do his job in such a way that it prevented others from doing theirs?

    Oh well allow me to retort: http://youtu.be/PSEYXWmEse8

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