For a while there, it looked as though former NBA star Lamar Odom was on the verge of a comeback.
Sure, he might never make it back to the bigs again, but Odom’s new memoir earned him sympathy from fans who may have previously written him off as a hard-partying hedonist who set fire to both his career and his marriage by indulging his love of prostitutes and hard drugs.
Perhaps even more importantly, Odom returned to the sport he loves, having earned a spot in the Big3 summer league founded by Ice Cube.
Unfortunately, Lamar’s time on the court didn’t last very long.
TMZ is reporting today that Odom has been cut from the roster of the Big3 team bafflingly known as the Enemies.
Former NBA stars Baron “Boom” Davis, Bonzi Wells, and Jermaine O’Neal were also deactivated for the remainder of the season, but it was Odom’s name that attracted the attention of the gossip world.
And many feared the worst.
After all, Odom’s talent for squandering golden opportunities might be matched only by Hillary Clinton, and many feared that he had messed up yet another second chance by returning to the bad behavior that ruined his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.
But if there’s a bright side to this situation, it’s that Odom seems to have been cut loose as a result of his performance on the court, not wild nights that might land him in front of a judge.
The league issued a statement today clarifying that 39-year-old Odom and his cut companions simply no longer have what it takes to compete at a professional level?
“As the premier professional 3-on-3 league in the world, we are always striving to improve the quality of both the live and broadcast experience for our fans as well as the level of competition,” read the statement.
In other words, no one wants to see Lamar Odom and Boom Davis chasing each other around unless one wants the other to get off his lawn.
Insiders say Odom is “embarrassed” by the league’s decision, but has come to accept it.
Lamar barely played for the Enemies, posting just 2 points and 4 rebounds so far this season.
And his latest public confessions probably weren’t great for the fledgling Big3 from a PR perspective.
Among the revelations contained in Lamar’s book were the facts that he slept with over 1,000 women (with many of those conquests occurring while he was married, and that he once threatened to kill Khloe Kardashian while high out of his mind on a potent cocktail of drugs.
And you probably thought no one could make Tristan Thompson look like a good partner!
Of course, Tristan would probably humiliate Lamar one-on-one, but that’s a conversation for another time!