Even though the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers have both stepped away from signing Lamar due to his personal struggles and alleged drug addiction, he is still vowing to get clean and play basketball this season — but will any team be willing to take that risk?
Once an asset to the NBA, Lamar Odom is now a liability and no one wants to offer him a contract. But the one-time Sixth Man of the Year winner is reportedly telling people that he has every intention of reviving his basketball career this season, and swearing that despite what everyone thinks, he’s not going to “fail.” Read on for all the EXCLUSIVE details.
Lamar Odom’s Basketball Career Back On? — LO Plans To Get Sober And Play Ball
Lamar, 33, has hit rock bottom with his alleged drug use, according to a new report from TMZ. Sources tell the site that Lamar has bought thousands of dollars worth of cocaine from drug dealers and he’s now freebasing with pure cocaine.
TMZ claims Lamar was heavily into drugs while he was playing for the Lakers and the Mavericks, cleaning up just before he started with the Clippers. Apparently Lamar now believes he pull a 180 again and sober up before this upcoming season — but what team would want to take that chance?
Lamar is reportedly so paranoid from his drug use that he believes people are trying to set him up.
According to TMZ, he told a friend, “Everyone wants to see me fail but I’m not gonna let that happen.”
Wow! It’s hard to believe Lamar is thinking about playing basketball at a time like this. He needs to focus on getting help and working on his marriage with Khloe Kardashian, 29, before fixing his professional life.
Lamar Odom’s NBA Career Over After Drug Use Reports? — Lakers, Clippers: No Deal
Sadly, Lamar’s alleged struggle with drug abuse over the past two years has left many teams reluctant to bring him aboard, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“If Lamar thinks that he is going to be playing basketball in the NBA ever again, the chances are beyond slim,” the source reveals. “No team at all wants an old player who is going to ask for tons of money, who has lost his skills to play for their team. There are so many younger players in the development leagues and other free agents that if a big man is needed, they will go that route.”
As for Lamar’s former teams?
“The Clippers are out and do not want or need Lamar Odom, they will not sign him,” the source says.
“The Lakers are known recently to do some awful business deals on players, but even their front office knows that putting Lamar on the team — even if he gets clean — would be an absolute trainwreck,” the source adds.
Sadly, it looks like it may be too late for Lamar to save his basketball career!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Lamar pursue his career in the NBA or should he focus on getting help? Sound off below!
— Tierney McAfee