Lamar Odom Reduced to “Inactive” Status After Clash With Mark CubanBy: Heather Campobello - April 12, 2012
We reported to you earlier that Mavericks fans became fed up with Lamar Odom and that he disbanded from the team a few days ago. Odom is currently listed as “inactive” which means that he is still eleigible for an $8.2 million paycheck if he isn’t traded by the end of June.
The decision for the break between Odom and the Mavericks might not have been as mutual as the former player suggested. ESPN reported that Odom got into a heated confrontation with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during halftime and that was what prompted the team and player to part ways.
Cuban had this much to say, “I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not? Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end.”
Tim MacMahon told ESPN in the following YouTube video that he thinks that Odom, “Never mentally committed to the team.” He went on to say that this lack of committment was a long-running issue and commended Cuban, “For his remarkable restraint putting up with him for as long as he did.”
Odom was hours late for practice on several occasions despite living only a few minutes away.
If he retires from the NBA what will he do for a career?
Alan Donahue is a writer for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and he wrote an article suggesting that Odom consider becoming a reality TV producer, host for “The X Factor,” rodeo clown, NBA analyst, or an actor.
Here is what people on Twitter have to say about Odom’s career:
Before his release, Lamar Odom had a heated exchange with Mark Cuban. Yet another example of how making Cubans mad can mess up your career.
I feel bad for Lamar Odom. Khloe Kardashin ruined his basketball career…
Reality tv is killing Lamar Odom’s career
Lamar Odom, what a sad way to end your career. Going out on the way down, rock bottom.
dear Lamar Odom. you have a wonderful wife and a great brother-in-law in Kanye West. perhaps he can kick start your rap career.
Think it would be a good career move for Lamar Odom to accept a small contract and go to the Thunder. They need that big man off the bench.
Hey Lamar Odom, just bow down and take whatever the Lakers offer you…it’s the only way to save you’re career…and marriage
Lamar Odom’s Dallas career was like having a 5 year old help with chores. Moping around, making things worse until you just tell him to go.