An insider tells HollywoodLife.com it wasn’t only reality TV that tore apart Lamar Odom’s basketball career at the Lakers and the Mavericks, it was something (we mean, someone) else entirely!
Khloe Kardashian and her family have been taking a ton of heat lately for allegedly destroying Lamar Odom‘s basketball career. The former NBA star is now a dud, having been traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks this last year, and then getting let go from that team as well. However, keeping up with the Kardashians wasn’t Lamar’s only downfall, an insider close to the NBA tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
“Lamar’s old Lakers coach Phil Jackson was like a father to Lamar and when he left after last season, Lamar was really bummed,” our source says. “This sparked the start of the attitude change. Phil was someone that Lamar was able to go to when any and all of his troubles with life and basketball. He was also responsible in using Lamar to his fullest potential, which made him a spectacular player.”
Not only did Phil coach Lamar, 32, on the court, he guided him in his personal life too.
“Phil’s nickname is the ‘Zen Master’ and he was very influential to Lamar and his mindset,” the insider explains. “He often gave Lamar meditation and philosophical techniques, which were no longer readily available when he left the team.”
Ultimately, our source believes Phil’s retirement affected Lamar in a negative way, which was something Lamar was never able to get through.
“Though the NBA made a new collective bargaining agreement to allow a season to happen, Lamar was not physically and mentally ready to play,” the insider says, adding, “Plus, his cousin died and some other tragedies occurred. Not to mention Kim’s divorce, Khloe’s pregnancy struggles and his child custody issues — all of it was too much.”
Poor Lamar! We know he’s a great player underneath all the baggage, but wonder what it will take for him to get back to his old self. Do YOU think Lamar’s NBA career will be resurrected?
Reporting by Russ Weakland
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