It was reported this week that Lamar Odom was released (aka fired) from the Dallas Mavericks after he had words with the always-vocal Mavs owner, Mark Cuban, during halftime of their game in Memphis this past Saturday night.
Apparently, Odom, who's HAVING HIS WORST YEAR to date, told Cuban to "stop playing games" after the Mavs owner questioned his commitment to the team in the locker room at halftime. This is obviously not the best response to give your boss when you're averaging just 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game on the season. It almost makes me think he wanted to get fired; especially when you consider that Dallas still has to pay Odom about $1 million for the remainder of the season that he'll miss; in addition to the $2.4 million he is due in a buyout payment in June. Are you kidding me? That's just an insane amount of money to make on the unemployment line. Wish I was 6'10".
According to Cuban, it wasn't the first time he reached out to the reigning sixth man of the year, who's been notorious all season for arriving late to games, practices and meetings, on top of his below average play on the court.
And I like Lamar as a player. He presents a difficult matchup being that he's got great size for a guy that can shoot the long range jumper. Not to mention he's been through a lot personally and I give him a ton of credit for how much he's accomplished in his career, amongst all that adversity. But there's no question this year he just hasn't been good on the hardwood.
Does being married to Khloe Kardashian have anything to do with it? Who knows. All I can say is that it must be hard when your on the court boss (Cuban) wants you at practice to work on your jump shot and your off the court boss (Kardashian) wants you to practice your lines for your reality show. Probably tough to "keep up." Get it?
And although his future is uncertain, I hope to see him bounce back next year and sign with a team where he can shine once again. After all, he's averaged over 14 points and 8 rebounds a game for his career.
Questions or comments? Get at me Hoopsvibers!
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