Following the news that Lamar Odom was waived from the Knicks, a source reveals to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that he is in ‘disbelief’ that his dreams of rejoining the NBA in earnest are not likely to come true, and that he has hit ‘rock bottom.’
Lamar Odom, 34, never played a game for the New York Knicks while he was on their team for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, and he’s now been dropped from the team for good. While the free agent could still get picked up by another team, the odds are fairly unlikely at this point. Meanwhile, Lamar is in “disbelief” that his NBA dreams have been shattered, and he has hit “rock bottom,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Details below!
Lamar Odom Dropped From New York Knicks — Free Agent Has Hit ‘Rock Bottom’
“[Being dropped from the Knicks] didn’t really come to him as a surprise,” our insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Lamar was in “disbelief,” since “He’d been training for so long, getting healthy, sleeping right, eating right and grinding his a** off to get to the competitive level that the NBA requires.
“He really put his heart into it. But when he got word that he wasn’t up to par, his whole world dropped. He’s at rock bottom. But it wasn’t a surprise. He knew this was one great possibility from the jump.”
However, despite it not being a surprise, “This is truly not the way Lamar wanted to go out,” our source continued. “Not at all. Not that he gives a f*ck about what people think about him, but he doesn’t want his [alleged] addiction and his failed marriage to overshadow what he’s accomplished as a professional athlete in the NBA.”
Lamar Odom Feels Like He Owes It To Himself To Go Out In A Better Light
Indeed, before Lamar’s alleged addiction totally derailed his personal and professional life, Lamar had won two championships with the LA Lakers, and he was considered one of the best in the NBA.
“Nobody is talking about the legends he’s played with and the mini-legend he was,” according to our insider. “That sh*t is not sitting well with him and that’s going through his mind.
“If basketball is done, if it’s truly done for him, he wants to go out in a better light. [Lamar] feels he owes that to himself, to his family, and to the NBA fans who’ve stuck by and supported him in his difficult times, and who were also there cheering him on in championship games.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Does Lamar deserve a better exit from the NBA? Or has he run out of chances? Do you think that another team will pick him up? Let us know.
— Amanda Mitchell