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Lamar Odom, unable to meet Phil Jackson’s standards, waived by Knicks

Jul 11, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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The NBA considered Lamar Odom damaged goods even through Phil Jackson signing his former player to the Knicks.

Odom has allegedly battled drug addiction, and he’s been in trouble with the law.

He’s also struggled on the court the last couple years, and few 34-year-olds produce better as they age.

There was a lot to overcome.

Unfortunately, Odom won’t get that chance in New York.

It’s not clear whether Odom failed to meet on-court or off-court standards, though the wording certainly implies the latter.

The Knicks expected Odom to make the roster in the fall, and though I’m hardly sold on his ability to play at this point, it would have been difficult for him to prove at this time of year he couldn’t produce. I think basketball would have become an issue for Odom, whose fully unguaranteed contract woul have become guaranteed Sept. 11, but it’s hard to see basketball being the issue here.

If there were off-court problems, we’ll probably hear more about them soon. By marrying Khloe Kardashian, Odom opened himself to more exposure. Their divorce won’t stop prying entertainment writers from joining NBA writers trying to get to the bottom of this.

Likely, this ends Odom’s career. Hopefully, at least his life is in order.

  1. yesser12 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Washed up and needs some help.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      What a disgrace. He used to be my role-model when I was 18.

  2. milimpilim - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Wish you the best, LO…

  3. revren10 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Needs to come clean that he likes men

    • masher1965 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      He married a Kardashian, he doesn’t like men, he is into beasts

  4. chicagosports2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    This mf still smoking rocks

    🚭

  5. reesesteel23 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Rehab bro. Shouldve never got into that Hollywood hoedashian mess. It definitely didn’t help anything.

  6. seansull83 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Man, Kardashians are like cancer to NBA players. Hope he gets it together, and stay away from reality TV, it has 0 benefits.

  7. adoombray - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    he was one of my favorite NBA players during his 6th man season. Such a shame.

  8. therealhtj - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Who could’ve seen this coming?

    • mazblast - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Anyone with a working brain, which leaves out anyone who watches the Kartrashians.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        And CantonPeaBrain and Mr. Wrong!

      • elrock7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Serious question. Could someone honestly tell me why the Kardashians are considered celebrities?

  9. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Get well LO

  10. drewzducks - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    This decision sheds no light on just how low Phil’s standards are.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      He’s inherited a team of losers: The New Yawk Knicks!

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      What if Phil was throwing Odom a bone? He gave him a shot at playing in the NBA again, and he also signed him to a guaranteed contract meaning Odom is getting a paycheck regardless. It kind of looks like charity to me.

      • buffalodave10 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Phil was def giving him a chance, but the article clearly states it wasn’t guaranteed contract until after Sept.11th if he was still with team.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Sorry, I missed that bit.

  11. j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Odom is a good guy – well beyond the court – he has a lot of people pulling for him and wishing him well.

    He’s ultimate just a regular guy with more than his fair share of demons to overcome

  12. 1harrypairatesties - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Dammit Lamar. WTF? Get yourself together Dude. Really was pulling for you. This pisses me off. Wish u the best.

  13. csbanter - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    His last chance in the NBA just went by. Odom is on his own now, hopefully he gets help.

  14. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    He’s done, if Phil won’t even give him a shot. I wonder what the reason is. I really wish L.O.’s career wouldn’t end like this. It’s sad. Best wishes Lamar, we still love you.

  15. campcouch - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Addiction is a beast. Poor choices that lead to a poor life. I hope this man is willing to confront his issues and live a good life.

  16. jacobk621 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    This setback will be the last straw for LO ,, he will spin out of control and who knows how bad this will end for him !!

    • genericcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      He might try drugs or something.

  17. genericcommenter - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Phil Jackson signed old guys off the couch and tv studios when he joined the Lakers. I figured this was something similar- Odom probably didn’t have to do much on the court to make the team. It was probably personal issues.

  18. stayhigh_247 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    this is sad, L.O had skills

  19. cantonbound13 - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    You never marry a Kardashian.

  20. mutasian - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    kardashian curse. he really messed up.

  21. im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    He used to have his head on his shoulders for someone coming from such a chaotic background, but he lost it.

  22. shaggymcruff - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    There is absolutely nothing to indicate his life is in order. He is a messed up dude. He missed an opportunity of a lifetime to play for Phil again! Some people just don’t learn. Check your local prison for proof.

  23. onlyavoice - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    LMAO, Phils 1st big signing, a washed up crack head.
    Phil waived his hand over Odom & yelled the words Zen Master, then told him he’s healed.
    Phil is a Buffoon.

  24. harley5571 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Put the pipe down dude..you are NOT fooling anyone but yo self!

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