Oh boy, Lamar Odom will not be playing for the Dallas Mavericks or any other team this season. In a shocking announcement, Odom has officially left the team and will go home to Los Angeles to sit out the remainder of the season and collect the rest of his 8.9 million dollar contract.
The Mavs and Odom are calling it a “mutual decision” to part ways. Of course, all indications were that Odom never wanted to be here in the first place despite talking his way out of L.A. after the Lakers dared to include him in the commissioner-vetoed deal that would have put Chris Paul in purple and gold. Lamar said: “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.” From Cuban on down, the Mavs kept hoping things would change, wishing that a man with a dozen-year track record of being a good NBA player could play hard for the defending NBA champions. They finally came to the conclusion that they couldn’t count on Odom while fighting for their playoff lives. “It’s like going to war with wet gunpowder,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. Odom’s refusal to do the bare minimum on a regular basis — or maybe inability, if you give him the benefit of the doubt — often sucked the life out of the Mavs.
“It’s just time to turn the page,” coach Rick Carlisle said. That’s about all Carlisle had to say about Odom. Cuban had nothing to say at all, and none of the Mavs’ players wanted to touch the toxic topic, with team leaders Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd sneaking out a side door to avoid the media after Monday’s practice. “He’s not here anymore,” Jason Terry said. “We won’t know how much we miss him until the season’s over, I guess.” CNikky previously reported that the Mavs demoted Odom to the D-League for a short period of time in order to get him back in shape. A demotion that drastic had never been made before to an NBA player of his caliber. He also was dealing with the illness of his father (his mother passed when he was young) an injury and some other personal illness. It is also no secret that he took his trade from the Lakers very personal and his reality show with his wife Khloe Kardashian also added stress as the cameras were rolling during every painful and private event of his life. I don’t know if this was a good decision or a bad one, but I just hope he is able to get his life back on track. Quitting is never a good idea unless it’s your job or your sanity. If that s what it was, I vote for our sanity. Good luck Lamar and stay strong Khloe!