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NBA team exec: Troubled Lamar Odom 'can't play anymore'


08:35 AM ET 08.31 | Lamar Odom's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday morning was the latest in a series of grim developments that could endanger the veteran free agent's hopes of returning to the NBA. The former Clippers and Lakers star refused to submit to chemical testing after his arrest, adding fuel to tabloid-style accusations regarding his private life during a tumultuous off-season. Odom was already coming off the worst two seasons of his career and there are no assurances the 14-year NBA veteran, who spent last season with the Clippers, will play another game. Odom's arrest came after nearly a week of concerned tweets from former teammates and coaches regarding reports from gossip websites about alleged drug use and problems with his marriage to Khloe Kardashian Odom. Jeff Schwartz, Lamar Odom's agent, did not return calls Friday seeking comment. Odom, 33, must confront another issue that threatens his career. "Lamar can't play anymore," said one senior executive with an NBA team who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not want to publicly discuss a free agent. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged career lows in points (4.0), assists (1.7) and minutes (19.7) last season with the Clippers.

Los Angeles Times

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August 31, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Couldn't play to begin with

August 31, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Playing basketball should be least of his worries right now. He is n DEEP trouble. Coke addiction is nothing to sniff about.
Get some help, really soon, and rehab. Money is already in the bank.

August 31, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Dallas Mavericks fan: Agrees with NBA team exec.

August 31, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Get Help, Bro.

August 31, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Too bad. Always liked Odom. Hate to see him go down like this.

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August 31, 2013  10:44 AM ET

I guess Lamar won't be able to watch the banner raising in Los Angeles.

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August 31, 2013  11:08 AM ET

I don't care if he ever plays again. What's important right now is that he gets the help he needs to save his LIFE! The NBA, like all other businesses, will cease to care once they feel your utility has expired! Odom should only be focused on getting clean and staying alive! Rooting for you dude.

August 31, 2013  11:12 AM ET

The cornerstone of your recovery is to run away from the Kardashians. They are using your addiction to make more $$$$. Team Lamar!

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August 31, 2013  11:30 AM ET

It's wierd how every Lamar thread becomes a commentary about the Kardashians. I'm not sure what that means.

Men love booty?

August 31, 2013  11:32 AM ET


"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust"

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August 31, 2013  11:56 AM ET

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust"

So long, Lamar. Best wishes for the rest of your (non-NBA) life.

August 31, 2013  12:02 PM ET

At least we now know why his game went to crap his last year in L.A.

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August 31, 2013  12:13 PM ET

The cornerstone of your recovery is to run away from the Kardashians. They are using your addiction to make more $$$$. Team Lamar!

Posters should stop blaming Khloe for all of Lamar's problem. Lamar brought everything to himself and he needs to get out of this rut. Khloe has been trying to help him but only Lamar can help himself. His NBA career is over. I hope he starts saving whatever money he has left and start investing it. He could fall into the Antoine Walker and AI category soon if he doesn't kill himself first. Get some help fast Lamar!


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