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Clippers players reportedly don’t want Lamar Odom, think he’ll be a distraction

Lamar Odom ClippersLos Angeles Clippers players don’t want Lamar Odom because they feel he’ll only be a distraction to them, according to a report.

Odom, 34, has been working out lately and a recent report indicated the Clippers would sign him at some point this season. If the team’s players had their way, he wouldn’t be signed back.

TMZ says Clippers players don’t think Odom will be in top playing form this season and that he wouldn’t be anything more than a distraction. Some players also have questions about whether Odom will be able to return to his pre-crack form (there were reports all summer about him being hooked on crack and other substances).

Clippers executives would be wise to listen to what the players reportedly feel. Odom didn’t add much to the team last season, and he wouldn’t have much time to get in shape to contribute this season. He’s not worth all the drama he’ll bring to the team.

Report: Lamar Odom likely to eventually sign with Clippers

Lamar Odom ClippersLamar Odom met with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, and a report suggests the forward is likely to eventually sign with the team.

Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reported that Odom met with the Clippers at the team’s facilities for two hours following practice on Friday. ESPN’s Marc Stein followed up on that report, confirming that Odom met with the team. Stein said both sides have “serious interest” in making a reunion official.

“I wouldn’t say a deal [with the Clippers] is imminent, but I’d be surprised if it doesn’t happen,” a source told Stein.

Odom, 34, played for the Clippers last season. He’s had a tumultuous offseason where he made headlines for supposedly being hooked on crack and for having marital problems with wife Khloe Kardashian.

ESPN says Odom has been working out the past month and is ahead of schedule in terms of getting back into basketball shape. Odom supposedly is targeting a return in the second half of the season.

The report does not come as a surprise; earlier this week we shared a report saying both the Lakers and Clippers were interested in Odom. It’s truly amazing that they wouldn’t mind adding him after all he went through. And what would be even more mind-boggling is if he manages to pass all the drug tests.

Odom averaged 4 points and nearly 6 rebounds in almost 20 minutes per game last season with the Clips. The Clippers currently have a roster spot open.

Lamar Odom reportedly drawing interest from Lakers, Clippers

Lamar OdomLamar Odom has insisted that his NBA career is not over, and the 34-year-old may wind up being right about that. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly expressed interest in bringing Odom back.

According to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPNLosAngeles.com, both LA teams would consider signing Odom if he can show that his turbulent personal life has settled down. As you know, various gossip outlets have claimed Odom has a serious drug and alcohol problem and has been hanging around places like Beacher’s Madhouse getting hammered.

During a recent interview — albeit a very bizarre one — Odom claimed he has been working out and could play right now if the opportunity arose. Sources reportedly told ESPN.com that neither the Lakers nor the Clippers have had recent contact with Odom’s camp aside from checking up on the status of his personal affairs. Both teams would want to “carefully” evaluate the situation before extending a contract offer.

Earlier this week, a report indicated that Bruce Jenner has been mentoring Odom and that Lamar is currently clean and sober. Given the nature of some of the disturbing rumors we have heard about the 14-year veteran, we’d certainly love to see him clean up his act and return to basketball.

Bruce Jenner is reportedly mentoring Lamar Odom

Lamar OdomHas Lamar Odom found someone who can help him clean up his act? The latest report from TMZ claims he has been spending a lot of time with — wait for it — Bruce Jenner.

Sources close to both Odom and Jenner reportedly told TMZ that the two have been spending “hours” together and that Bruce counsels Lamar on how to stay clean and deal with a lot of the issues he has going on. Jenner has also supposedly told those close to him that Odom is currently clean and has not been using drugs or drinking.

“Everybody’s got s–t in their life and they need to learn how to deal with it,” Jenner reportedly told a friend. “Lamar didn’t deal with his very well.”

The report claims Bruce believes Lamar is a “good soul” and wants to have a positive impact on his life. He said Odom has been working out and is not giving up on an NBA return. He also allegedly told friends that he plans to remain close with Odom even if Khloe Kardashian, one of Jenner’s stepdaughters, is committed to divorcing the former Los Angeles Laker.

Assuming it’s true, we can certainly file this one under “things we didn’t see coming.” During a couple of recent interviews, Odom flashed his wedding band when asked if he is still with Khloe. Lamar’s father also said a little over a month ago that the Kardashians are ruining his son, which Odom responded to by blasting his old man.

While it is yet another bizarre twist in what seems like a never-ending saga, we’re hoping Jenner is helping Odom get his life back on track. Since he has been associated with reality TV and the drama-loving Kardashians over the past several years, many people forget that Jenner was actually once an Olympic gold medalist.

Lamar Odom was reportedly ‘hammered’ at Beacher’s Madhouse

Lamar OdomLamar Odom has been spotted in public a few times recently. Though his behavior during interviews has been bizarre, he insists he is living a healthy lifestyle and is in shape enough to make an NBA return. According to the latest report from TMZ, that does not mean Odom has stopped drinking.

On Wednesday night, a witness reportedly spotted Odom at Beacher’s Madhouse in Hollywood hanging around the bar and ripping shots of Patron. Odom supposedly hung out with a bunch of guys for several hours and “could not be seen without a glass of champagne” the entire night. The source claims he stayed until after 2 a.m., at which point he was seen at the valet area talking about an “after party.”

From what we understand, Beacher’s Madhouse is a show with a circus-like atmosphere where little people perform in costume, often dressed as oompa loompas. The bizarre establishment seems to be quite popular among the Hollywood crowd.

Is it a crime for Odom to enjoy a night out at Beacher’s Madhouse and have a few drinks? Of course not, but I doubt NBA teams want to hear that he is out getting “hammered” if they are considering giving him a shot this season. The more we hear about Odom and the more he talks to reporters, the more it is starting to sound like his NBA career could be over.

Lamar Odom says he turned down invite to Kim Kardashian-Kanye West proposal in bizarre interview (Video)

Lamar OdomLamar Odom has seemingly decided that he is not going to hide from cameras and paparazzi anymore, and I’m not sure that is the wisest decision. After speaking with a photographer on Monday and flashing his wedding ring to prove that things are fine with Khloe Kardashian, Odom was once again chatty with a TMZ reporter on Tuesday night.

Odom said he was invited to the big Kanye West-Kim Kardashian proposal at AT&T Park on Monday night but that he had other plans. He once again flashed his wedding band when the interviewer implied that he did not attend the proposal because he wasn’t welcome. After that, Odom seemed to imply that he has had discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers about a possible return, claiming he could “play a basketball game and probably play really well” right now if he had to.

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From there, Odom tried to flip the interview and basically lecture TMZ’s guy about the proper way to start an interview with someone. Whoever Odom was with — the same guy that was with him during Monday’s interview — tried several times to get Lamar to walk away. It was almost like he was babysitting Odom.

We’re not going to draw the conclusion that Odom’s life is revolving around smoking crack and partying based on a couple of incredibly brief interviews, but his behavior certainly seems bizarre. His sudden willingness to talk to the paparazzi about weird stuff kind of makes you scratch your head.

Lamar Odom asked if he’s still with Khloe Kardashian, flashes wedding ring

Lamar Odom Khloe KardashianLamar Odom has been very tough to spot in public since rumors of his alleged drug abuse and failing marriage began popping up in every gossip publication in America. On Monday, TMZ was somehow able to track Odom down and spend a few minutes chatting with the former Los Angeles Lakers forward.

Odom’s friend or manager or whoever he was with tried to cut the interview off several times, but Lamar seemed to be in a chatty mood. He spoke about eating healthy and becoming a champion. He also talked about how he feels great and that living beats the alternative, which of course is dying. The most revealing part of the chat came when the photographer asked him if he has spoken to Khloe Kardashian lately.

“Do you see my wedding ring on?” Odom asked.

TMZ has not made the video embeddable, but you can watch it here. You can’t make out the ring in the video, but the photographer acknowledged that it was there and asked if he could get a still photo of it. That obviously means Odom was trying to imply that they are still together, whether it’s true or not.

Some people are undoubtedly going to draw the conclusion that Odom was messed up because of how weird he seemed talking about “the parade” and getting all philosophical. Just last month, we were reading reports about Odom’s life revolving around smoking crack and partying and Khloe being anxious to divorce him. Odom’s willingness to chat with TMZ may cool off some of that speculation.