“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom told The Vertical.
“I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.”
“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs, and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team. To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why?,” he added.
When Odom was traded from the Lakers to the Mavericks in 2011 his career began to flame out. He married a Kardashian and their relationship lead to an E! spinoff series title “Khloe & Lamar.” He also battled drug problems and in 2015, he was put on life-support and in a coma following a drug overdose at a Las Vegas brothel.
He was signed by the Knicks in 2014, but never appeared in a game. The Vertical reports that there are plans to have him retire as a Laker in training camp.
“I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank. I had issues going on. But barring injury, could I play in the NBA today? I could play. I should still be playing.”
Lamar Odom played seven seasons with the Lakers in the prime of his career, when he won two NBA championships.
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