Thursday, May 23, 2024

Lamar Odom Says Being Traded from the Lakers ‘Ended My Career and Purpose’

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*During an interview with Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports, Lamar Odom opened up about how the 2011 trade from the Lakers to Mavericks was the beginning of the end of his career.

“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom told The Vertical.

“I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.”

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“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs, and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team. To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why?,” he added.

When Odom was traded from the Lakers to the Mavericks in 2011 his career began to flame out. He married a Kardashian and their relationship lead to an E! spinoff series title “Khloe & Lamar.” He also battled drug problems and in 2015, he was put on life-support and in a coma following a drug overdose at a Las Vegas brothel.

He was signed by the Knicks in 2014, but never appeared in a game. The Vertical reports that there are plans to have him retire as a Laker in training camp.

“I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank. I had issues going on. But barring injury, could I play in the NBA today? I could play. I should still be playing.”

Lamar Odom played seven seasons with the Lakers in the prime of his career, when he won two NBA championships.

Read his entire interview with Yahoo here.



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