While it sounded like a beautiful relationship on paper, Lamar Odom and the Dallas Mavericks have broken up. And if you were wondering who broke up with who, they’re both claiming it was a “mutual agreement.” As Odom told ESPN, it is “in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.”
The husband of Khloé Kardashian, reality TV star and popular power forward was only with the Mavericks for four months (in a season that was shortened by last year’s lockout), but in reality, he never really got off to a good start with the team. After spending years as a Laker, winning championships and even obtaining the coveted Sixth Man of the Year Award, the team not so quietly (though they tried to be slick about it) tried to ship Odom to the New Orleans Hornets, only to quickly have him sent packing to the Mavericks after the trade was vetoed. Feeling unwanted, Odom was pretty open about the fact that he felt disrespected by his former team, and I guess he took that attitude down South. Throughout the season, Odom played like he was out of it, and fans noticed it according to the good folks at AP.
“Odom never seemed happy or comfortable in Dallas, not even when wife and reality TV co-star Khloé Kardashian was in the stands just a few feet from the Mavericks bench. His averages of 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 20.5 minutes were career lows, and he was booed by the home crowd as the sluggish performances multiplied. The low point appeared to come Saturday night, when he played just four minutes in a 94-89 loss at Memphis. Asked after the game about the situation, Odom simply shrugged his shoulders.”
Damn. You know things are all bad when the home crowd doesn’t even want to show you love, but when you don’t show up and show out, don’t expect open arms. But Odom has had a tough season with personal tragedies and distractions. While the Mavericks lose their best backup for Dirk Nowitzki, Odom is left without a job and will most likely be deemed inactive for the rest of the season. Granted, the NBA season will only last for a few more months, but still, I’m sure he’s not too happy about that.
In response to her husband’s current situation and the reality that they’ll probably need to leave Dallas, Khloé told the world her feeling’s on her husband’s treatment via Twitter. According to US, she said, “You deserve so much better. Know your worth and know your skills that have been proven and earned! You showed your strength, I love you…Why do I always have to leave when there is so much to do. I love Dallas ”
In the few times that I’ve watched “Khloé & Lamar,” Khloe has always seemed like she was down for whatever when it came to her man, but I’m wondering if this situation (and the constant moving they seem to always have to do) will affect her? All she can do at the moment is be supportive, but we know if this was Kim, somebody’s lawyer would be getting called, and some PR statements would be sent out. But Khloé does seem different and very likable, so I’m sure she’ll roll with the punches. They do still have their reality show (where I’m sure the drama of this situation will be played out on), though some say Odom’s involvement on the show could have hurt his appeal with the Mavericks. But even if he didn’t have that, I’m sure big momma Kris could always hook him up with something…
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