Lamar Odom has officially been dropped from the Knicks, and his career as a free agent is seemingly shaky at best.
According to WebProNews, Lamar did not play a single game in the remaining 2013-2014 season. A source close to Odom said that he gave it his best shot by keeping his body in great condition, working hard, and focusing on his NBA career.
“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,” the unidentified source close to Lamar Odom said.
Us Weekly reports that Lamar Odom was dropped by the New York Knicks when he failed to live up to the team’s mandatory requirements.
Knicks president Phil Jackson released a statement on July 11 that said, “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player. We found it necessary to free up the roster spot.”
Other sources claim that Odom could have fallen back into alleged problems with drugs and partying. Lamar Odom’s marriage with Khloe Kardashian reportedly fell apart when he was unfaithful to her and struggled with drug addiction. She filed for divorce in December 2013, ending her four-year-old marriage with Lamar.
One source told Us Weekly, “Everyone was hoping that what went down with Khloe would see him rededicate himself to training and getting in shape for the season but he seems to only be half in it.”
Another source claims that Lamar Odom threw his last chance to revive his basketball career away because of personal difficulties.
“There was a lot of hope there when he had his first initial talks with Phil [Jackson],” the source claimed. “He gave him a real shot. He kind of threw this one away. He wasn’t in it. He’s not doing great. Admittedly, he’s had a couple rough hands dealt with the family and the Khloe situation being pretty frequently thrown in his face.”
The insider close to Lamar Odom mentions that Lamar does not want people to forget about the great basketball player that he was and certainly could still be if he was picked up by another team.
“This is truly not the way Lamar wanted to go out,” the insider said. “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…nobody is talking about the legends he’s played with and the mini-legend he was.”
The source claimed that Odom believes that he owes it to his fans, family, and himself to “go out in a better light” if his basketball career is indeed over.
In the meantime, fans of Lamar Odom will continue to hope that a team will give him one last chance to help him back on his feet and propel his basketball career into a new direction.
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