Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have officially called it quits. Lamar Odom has released a statement saying he is stepping way from the team, effective immediately. Odom has not been cut from the team but instead has been listed as “inactive” and it seems he will still be traded after the season.
Lamar Odom, in his statement, said, “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for the both of us, but I wish the Mav’s organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
Lamar Odom played one of his worst seasons this year, and the most rumored reason is because he let his emotions get the best of him. Last year he was traded from the Lakers for monetary reasons, his cousin was murdered and he was the passenger in a car that hit a motorcycle and killed a pedestrian. His move from L.A. to Dallas was also difficult for him and his wife, Khloé Kardashian, and their show Khloe and Lamar is chronicling their emotional move to Texas. It is reported that Lamar Odom did not practice during the lockout, which most likely contributed to his bad season.
ESPN reported that, “The Mavs badly wanted it to work, and that's why they kept him around. At 6-foot-10 and believed to be as versatile as any forward in the game, the team kept hope that Odom's effort level would spike and he could provide a spark, especially in the postseason.” The Mavericks hopes that Lamar Odom would snap out of his funk simply has not happened.
It seems Lamar Odoms future in basketball is very much up in the air, and his attitude makes us think he doesn’t want to put up with the business anymore. In a clip from his show Khloe and Lamar, Khloe asks him if hes adjusting any better after they first move to Dallas, and he responds with, “This is the first time basketball has felt like a job, you know what I mean?” It’s possible that Odom’s love for the game has simply burned out.