Lamar Odom Still Upset with Lakers, Calls Front Office ‘Cowardly’

With each passing day, it looks more and more like Lamar Odom will never get over the Lakers trading him. Odom has played 13 games with the Mavericks and was traded over a month ago, but it is obvious that he is still furious with the way things ended in Los Angeles. We already know Odom was upset by the trade, as evidenced by the fact that he was nearly in tears when discussing it a while back.  In case you needed any more reason to believe that he took the trade extremely personally, Odom blasted the Lakers front office a bit more over the weekend.

“For them just to [try to] trade me without communicating, it made me start to ask myself questions like ‘Why would they do something like that?'” Odom said according to the L.A. Times. “It hurt my feelings. Why would they choose to go that route? My father lives in California and I take care of my dad. They know about my family situation, everything about me, everything about Lamar.

“It was impossible for me not to take it personally. When I spoke to one of the representatives for the Lakers, the first thing he said was ‘Don’t take it personally.’ That means it’s personal if that’s the first thing someone says to you.”

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Is Lamar Odom Cheating on Khloe Kardashian with a Stripper? (Pictures)

The fact that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are still together is a miracle in itself.  Kardashian marriages have a pretty short shelf life, so the two have done an excellent job of defying the odds to this point.  However, some interesting stories have been popping up lately regarding the instability of their relationship.  More specifically, a few gossip magazines and websites have claimed Lamar has been running around acting like a bachelor.

Last week, RadarOnline.com reported that Odom was seen at a strip club shelling out hundreds of dollars and living it up while Khloe was at home tweeting about how she missed him.  Odom was with his new teammates in Washington, D.C., as they were being honored at the White House for their championship run.  On Sunday, StarzUncut.com shared the above photo and this photo of Lamar:

It’s unclear exactly when the photos were taken, but the timing is coincidental if nothing else.  Shame on you, Lamar. That’s no way to treat the woman who said she’d relocate with you no matter where you were traded.  More importantly, it’s no way to treat your new coach’s favorite Kardashian.

Lamar Odom Considered Taking a Year Off Basketball, Upset with Media

Lamar Odom had such a difficult summer he says he considered taking a year off basketball to get his mind straight. Some of the issues affecting his mental state were the July murder of his cousin, and the car crash he was in that killed a pedestrian. He says he was really close to taking a year off before his wife, Khloe, convinced him to continue playing.

“I was asking myself: ‘Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn’t play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?’ I had thought, ‘Maybe I need a year.’ Because of the lockout, I thought, ‘Maybe somebody’s sending me a sign that I needed this time off.’

“(But) when I told some of my friends and my family that I was thinking about steppin’ back for a minute, I think the reaction from the closest people to me kind of gave me the energy to get back at it.”

One would question if Odom is mentally ready for the season through the first 13 games. The answer is probably no. He’s setting career low numbers in every statistical category. The poor play is no surprise; Odom was nearly in tears when he first learned he was being traded. He’s also upset with the media’s reaction to his poor play.

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Lamar Odom Felt Disrespected By Lakers Handling of Him

By blocking more than one Chris Paul trade proposal, David Stern and the NBA owners have done more than just annoy CP3. They have strained relationships between a number of players and their ownership groups across the league.  Professional athletes know they are part of a business, but that doesn’t make being told to pack your bags any easier — especially when you’re told to pack them and then unpack them within a few hours.  As he expressed last week, Lamar Odom was particularly bothered by the Lakers attempt to trade him for Paul.  On Tuesday, he said he felt disrespected by the Lakers.

“That’s not where I wanted to be,” Odom said when asked about going to New Orleans according to the Orange County Register. “No disrespect to anybody on that team or the city or the ownership. But it’s not a place that I wanted to be after playing for the Lakers, a team that contends for a championship. That’s what you expect to be around. It was hard for me to picture myself there starting over.

“I felt a little disrespected. After being here for so long and going through so many things, I felt like they could have just told me and I probably would have accepted it. If someone is telling you that you can’t be here or there’s no more room for you, you got to understand that. I think because it’s just how they did it is the reason why I took it so personal.”

The Lakers were obviously looking out for their own interests in not informing Lamar his name was being included in trade discussions.  They probably didn’t want to upset him if the trade ended up falling through, but in this age of media and technology there are no secrets.  As a result, Odom ended up wanting to be traded and now some of his teammates are upset.  Had the initial trade not been blocked, I doubt someone like Kobe Bryant would be upset that the Lakers added CP3.  We can all thank David Stern for the confusion.  On the bright side, Odom’s new coach is a fan of his wife.

Rick Carlisle Says Khloe Kardashian is His Favorite Kardashian

When a new player comes to town, it’s obviously important that he and his coach get along.  The relationship between a player and coach can determine whether or not a smooth transition is in order, but with someone like Lamar Odom there’s more to it.  Considering Odom is not only a celebrity in the sporting world but also a celebrity in Hollywood, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle needs to get along with his wife as well.  As we all know, Odom is married to a Kardashian.  That’s like being a part of a royal family, right?

“I will say this: Khloe’s my favorite Kardashian” Carlisle said according to the Dallas Morning News. “She’s the coolest. Carlisle was then asked if he’d go on the Kardashian’s show, to which he replied: “I’ve never been one to rule anything out. I would guess it would be a long shot to be asked.”

Rick keeps up with the Kardashians?  I never would have guessed that.  He obviously isn’t basing his opinion on looks, but that’s alright. At least he and Lamar can get off on the right foot.  If Odom feels like he isn’t thrilled with show business like he said before, maybe Carlisle can stand in for a few episodes.  You can tell he’s fishing around for an invite.

Kobe Bryant on Lamar Odom Trade: I Don’t Like it

Kobe Bryant may not have wanted to see Lamar Odom go when the Lakers traded the forward to the Hornets, but at least they were getting Chris Paul in return. After the NBA canceled that deal for “basketball reasons,” the Lakers dealt Odom to the Mavericks for a first-round pick and a trade exception. Bryant is not happy about the deal.

“I don’t like it,” Bryant said Sunday. “I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint. He’s great at bringing guys together and things of that nature.

“I trust management knows what they’re doing. I let them do their jobs, I never get in the way but it’s tough. You’re talking about sixth man of the year last year. He played lights out.”

Bryant said he didn’t understand the criticism of Lamar Odom’s appearance on a reality show, pointing out how well Odom played last year. He was especially upset that the Lakers traded Odom to the Mavericks, who knocked the Lakers out of the playoffs and are the defending champs.

One has to figure the Odom trade will lead to another deal, but it’s hard to guess what the Lakers’ front office has in mind. After they saw Odom’s emotional breakdown once the Hornets trade was announced, I’m guessing they figured they could not look back and had to deal him.

Khloe Kardashian Willing to Relocate if Lamar Odom is Traded. Awwww…

For a couple of hours or so on Thursday, it appeared Lamar Odom was heading to New Orleans. That would mean leaving the Hollywood lifestyle behind. Well, for the most part. Anytime you’re married to a Kardashian the cameras are going to find you, but naturally upon hearing the news about the trade we were all concerned about one thing: Odom’s marriage with Khloe Kardashian.

According to TMZ.com, we can rest easy knowing that if Lamar gets shipped out of town Khloe is going with him.

We’re told Khloe would follow Lamar anywhere … but she would feel especially comfortable in New Orleans because the family spent TONS of time there when Kim was dating former Saints running back Reggie Bush … and she already has a bunch of friends who live in town.

We already knew Odom was very distraught when he thought he was leaving L.A., and he could still be traded.  Despite all the mean things he may have said about growing tired of the reality show, I’m sure Lamar feels a little better now knowing that Khloe will be able to survive even if it means leaving Hollywood.