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Lamar Odom to begin working out for Knicks

Lamar OdomOne of Phil Jackson’s first moves as president of the New York Knicks was to sign Lamar Odom on the last day of the season. Odom didn’t play in a game during the NBA season, though he did have a brief stint abroad. But it looks like his NBA comeback attempt will begin immediately.

“He’s coming to town this week,” Jackson said of Odom via the NY Post. “We know he’s a really good basketball player.

“He wants to put himself back together, and he has a chance to do that by having the whole summer to work at it and getting himself back in basketball condition to play. He told me that’s what he wants to do. Having a relationship with him. It’s a pretty good risk-reward situation for us.”

Odom played for Phil Jackson with the Lakers from 2005-2011 and excelled in his role as a sixth man. They won two championships together in LA.

Odom is 34 and still might be able to give a team like the Knicks a few minutes, but it’s not like he’ll be a game-changer. You have to wonder how much this is Phil believing Odom can help the team, and how much it is Phil trying to help a player get on the right track. Lamar was down and out after all his drug abuse was revealed and Khloe Kardashian split from him. Maybe he needs this in his life.

Lamar Odom denied access to club because Khloe Kardashian and French Montana were inside (Video)

Lamar Odom Khloe KardashianLamar Odom experienced a brutal public embarrassment on Tuesday night when he was turned away from a West Hollywood nightclub because Khloe Kardashian and her supposed boyfriend French Montana were inside. TMZ and other paparazzi were following Odom as he walked up to the club and got the bad news.

The Penthouse bouncer kindly told Lamar and his friend that he could not let them pass, leaving Odom looking confused. A man dressed in a suit who appeared to be a manager then came out and shook Odom’s hand. According to TMZ, he explained to the former NBA star that Khloe was inside and French Montana was a special guest.

Khloe and French, a 29-year-old rapper, have reportedly been dating. Recent rumors indicated that Odom is trying to get back together with Kardashian, but it doesn’t seem like he is having any luck.

Montana posted a photo on Instagram thanking Kim Kardashian for coming to the party, though he didn’t post any pictures with Khloe.

The humiliation continues for Odom. That was tough to watch.

Lamar Odom will reportedly sign with Knicks

Lamar OdomPhil Jackson could be on the verge of making his first roster move since taking over as president of the New York Knicks, and it involves a familiar face. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week.

By signing Odom before the 2013-2014 season officially ends, the Knicks would be able to make the second year of his contract and non-guaranteed year. Of course, that would really be the first year he is with the team. It would also allow Odom, who has not appeared in an NBA game in a year, to begin working with the Knicks immediately.

Odom will turn 35 next season. He is still recovering from a back injury that cut his basketball career in Spain short earlier this year.

Sources told Stein that the Knicks are banking on Jackson being able to steer Odom’s career and life in the right direction. We all know the rumors that have surrounded Odom’s personal life over the last year. We also know how highly he thinks of Jackson and how depressed he was when Jackson retired and the Lakers traded him. If Odom is unable to revive his career in Jackson’s familiar triangle offense, he probably won’t get a shot anywhere else.

Lamar Odom reportedly had sit-down meeting with Phil Jackson

Lamar-Odom-Phil-JacksonPhil Jackson is looking to recreate his triangle offense with the New York Knicks by bringing in the right personnel next year. Lamar Odom, who played for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers for five seasons, is very familiar with that scheme. Is that why Jackson and Odom reportedly had a sit-down meeting last week?

According to the NY Post, Jackson met with Odom during halftime of last Wednesday’s Knicks-Nets game. There has already been speculation that Metta World Peace could return to New York next season now that Jackson is in charge. Both he and Odom are familiar with Jackson’s offense and could provide veteran leadership.

Odom will turn 35 next season. He was unable to find work in the NBA last season after an absolute mess of an offseason and had his stint in Spain cut short by injury. It’s tough to imagine Odom making any type of serious contribution on the court next season.

It’s also possible that Odom and Jackson were meeting as friends. Back when Jackson retired, various reports indicated that the downfall of Odom’s career was a result of Jackson stepping down. Odom has reportedly looked up to Jackson as a father figure, so it would not be a surprise if Jackson was simply meeting with him for more personal reasons. I’m sure the Zen Master has better advice than Bruce Jenner.

Lamar Odom wants to make it work with Khloe Kardashian

Lamar Odom Khloe KardashianKhloe Kardashian officially filed for divorce from Lamar Odom more than three months ago, but the former NBA star is not willing to give up on their relationship just yet. During a recent interview with In Touch Weekly, Odom was open about wanting to save his marriage.

“I want to make it work with Khloe,” Odom said. “I’m going to see Khloe. I’m going to see her soon.”

Odom had been attempting to get his career back on track in Spain, but he was ruled unfit to play due to a back injury and his contract has expired. He said he has been focusing on “getting better,” and a source reportedly told In Touch that Khloe may be starting to soften after listening to his pleas.

“He confessed his feelings and cried his heart out to her on the phone,” a family insider said. “She’d been avoiding his texts and calls for weeks, but when she heard him pleading with her to take him back, she melted.”

That report corresponds with another report from Hollywood Life, which indicated that Khloe is not ready to get back with Lamar right now but could be persuaded in time.

“They are not getting back together, but never say never,” a source close to Kardashian reportedly said. ”If he really changed she would take him back. Lamar was the love of her life. But Khloe doesn’t believe he’s really changed and he did too much damage for her to sign up for that again.”

Khloe supposedly still checks in on Odom to see how he is doing as they go through their divorce. We haven’t heard any reports about her rebounding with rap stars or MLB players in a while, so that should be a good sign for Lamar. It’s Hollywood — you never know what could happen.

Report: Lamar Odom’s drug dealers linked to Khloe Kardashian jewelry theft

Khloe Kardashian Lamar OdomPolice are currently investigating a theft that took place at the California home once shared by Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. Kardashian says the thieves made off with roughly $250,000 worth of jewelry, and TMZ is reporting that Odom may have something to do with it.

Sources reportedly told TMZ that Odom’s drug dealers could be linked to the crime. Odom supposedly had a habit of not paying his tab when he was using drugs on a regular basis, and he was said to have been more than $50,000 in the hole with multiple dealers back in September.

Odom left for Spain last month to begin his career with Laboral Vitoria, and TMZ has been told he owed tens of thousands of dollars to his drug dealers when he left. He had reportedly been receiving text messages prior to his departure that threatened his safety and warned him his home would be broken into in order to square up.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the home, which makes the story even more interesting. Another TMZ source claimed one of Odom’s dealers had connections to someone who worked at his and Khloe’s house, which could have given them access to the property. We’ll have to wait and see what police come up with.

Lamar Odom to play for Spanish team Laboral Vitoria

Lamar Odom ClippersLamar Odom may be taking his talents to Spain.

According to a report, Odom is in contract talks with Spanish club Laboral Vitoria. ESPN’s Marc Stein says Odom has a deal in principle to play the rest of the season with the team.

Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and many reports indicated he would likely sign with them again this season, but that never materialized.

Odom, 34, played 19.7 minutes per game last season. Reports of alleged drug abuse followed him all summer.

Eurobasket’s David Pick appeared to be first to report the signing.