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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Lamar Odom claims Mark Cuban kicked, berated him during time with Mavericks

Lamar Odom

It is no secret that Lamar Odom’s one-year tenure with the Dallas Mavericks was an unhappy one for the player. Some explosive new claims, however, make it sound even worse than previously thought.

In his recently released autobiography Darkness to Light: A Memoir, Odom claimed that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban kicked Odom and berated him in front of his teammates as he struggled to adapt in Dallas.

Odom recalls one instance where, during a particularly bad game, he went to sit on the end of the bench after being substituted. Odom said Cuban kicked him in the shins, and credited teammate Vince Carter with grabbing his arm before he could physically retaliate — an act that Odom says saved his career.

“During one homestand, I was having possibly the worst game of the season,” Odom wrote, via Joey Hayden of the Dallas Morning News. “Head coach Rick Carlisle subbed me out, and I looked for a seat near the coaches, but none were available. So I went down to the only open seat at the end of the bench. Right next to Cuban.

“Cuban extended his right foot and kicked my shin. … I was stunned. This wasn’t a tap. I felt it. That was the last straw. It was painfully clear he did not respect me as a man. I felt the adrenaline rush through my body. In an instant I was transported back to Linden Boulevard, where the slightest act of disrespect could be fatal. As I sprang up, Vince Carter, who was sitting next to me, grabbed my arm tightly and leaned in.”

Odom said he finally broke on Apr. 7, 2012, when Cuban entered the locker room after Odom played just four first half minutes and challenged the player by asking if he was in or out.

“I didn’t take kindly to it,” Odom wrote. “Once again, he didn’t treat me like a man. That’s not how you handle something in front of the entire team. Man, it was heated. I had fantasies about decking him, but that wasn’t the way out. I never played another game for the Mavs.”

The story about the halftime confrontation actually checks out. The incident was widely reported at the time, and while the motivations described are Odom’s own interpretation, the details largely match up.

Odom admitted that he was not in a good place mentally when he arrived in Dallas, and the negative emotions did follow him all season. At the time, he even said that he had considered taking the season off after dealing with some tragic events that took place during the 2011 offseason. That said, he also took some blame for how things went downhill in Dallas — though he hinted that Cuban should have as well. It’s no secret that the Mavericks owner can get heated during games, and the kicking story in particular reflects poorly on him.

Ray Lewis, Lamar Odom to compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Ray Lewis

The latest season of the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars” is going to feature a strong presence from the sports world.

ABC revealed the full celebrity cast of DWTS on Wednesday’s edition of “Good Morning America,” and two of the contestants are Ray Lewis and Lamar Odom. The latest season will premiere on Sept. 16.

Lewis has worked in various TV roles since retiring after the 2012 season, while Odom has been adamant about wanting to continue his professional basketball career. The former Los Angeles Laker spent a very brief stint with the BIG3 basketball league recently but never appeared in an actual game. He recently expressed interest in returning overseas to play.

One of the things Lewis became known for during his NFL career was his famous celebratory dance, so perhaps he will incorporate some of those moves into the show.

If DWTS is something you’re into, Lewis and Odom should make for intriguing contestants.

Lamar Odom calls situation with BIG3 a ‘miscommunication’

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom seemed upset last month over the way his brief tenure with the BIG3 came to an abrupt end, but it sounds as though he has smoothed some things over with the league and founder Ice Cube in the weeks since.

Odom was asked by TMZ over the weekend about his deactivation from the BIG3, and he immediately waved his hand as if to say it is no big deal. He then called it a “miscommunication.”

“I guess it was a miscommunication, but it’s over,” Odom said. “I wish them well and all the success — Ice Cube and anybody that has anything to do with the BIG3. And I hope (his former team) the Enemies win.”

Ice Cube indicated that health and decreased ability may have been contributing factors to Odom never catching on with the BIG3, and Odom said he was frustrated with that because he had been open and honest with the league from the start. He then said in a lengthy statement on Instagram that he found out about being cut on social media and was embarrassed by how everything unfolded. It sounds like he has spoken with Ice Cube since.

Odom also said he is looking into returning to the Philippines to play and called it a “strong possibility” that it will happen. The 39-year-old has made it clear he is not giving up on playing basketball professionally.

Lamar Odom plans to continue playing professional basketball

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom was hoping to make a name for himself once again when he signed a contract to play with the BIG3, but his tenure in the league was a very brief one. Some have wondered if that will mark the end of competitive basketball for the 39-year-old, but he insists that is not the case.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Odom called his deactivation from the BIG3 “just another setback.” He said he plans to pursue other opportunities to play professionally, perhaps overseas again.

“I’m gonna play professional basketball again, maybe in the Philippines or something like that,” Odom said. “That’s just another setback.”

Odom played in the Philippines prior to returning to the U.S. to sign with the BIG3, so he should be able to go back if he so chooses. He also recently announced that he has partnered with a company called MicDrop to work as a motivational speaker, and he says getting bounced from the BIG3 opened up that opportunity.

While he was clearly unhappy with the way Ice Cube’s league dropped him, Odom has tried to maintain a positive attitude. His game is obviously not going to return to anywhere near where it was before his drug overdose, but that does not seem to have discouraged him.

Lamar Odom found out about BIG3 deactivation on social media

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom’s brief time playing in the BIG3 came to an end this week when the league announced that he and three other players have been deactivated, and the former NBA star addressed the decision on Thursday.

In a lengthy statement he posted on Instagram, Odom said he is “extremely disappointed” with the way the BIG3 and founder Ice Cube handled the situation. He said it has been embarrassing for him and that he had to find out he had been deactivated by reading it on social media.

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As most of you have heard, the @thebig3 decided to deactivate me for the remainder of the 2019 season. I respect @icecube & the other league executives, however, I am extremely disappointed with the way that this has been handled. Besides the embarrassment, it’s disappointing to read on IG that this decision had been made, especially without sharing it with myself or my manager. Only after I heard from the media, I was then told that the big boys cutting checks decided that they had to deactivate me with no real specific explanation. TMZ apparently did manage to get a clear answer from Ice Cube, “my health was their concern.” I have been 100% transparent about my condition before signing the contract, but at that point it wasn't an issue. I was told after game #1 that I had been given extra time to get stronger. I have been working hard daily to get in better game shape. The willingness & intent has always been there to play. The Rhode Island game that is happening tomorrow was the game I have been looking forward to the most as many people know that this is where it all started for me. I am aware that at some point in life we have to accept & surrender to what God has planned or not planned for us — so I am staying positive. I worked very hard to make a comeback in my life & no rejection can stop me. Thank you @TheBig3. I would love for you all not to express any negativity towards the Big3 as I am proud & rooting hard for Ice Cube to build this league to the next level. He is the only black male owning a sports league in the USA, just let that one sink in for a moment. We must always think about the big picture, supporting our brothers & sisters. Let's all be open to live with the concept of feedback because this can help us to improve. I hope that we can use this situation as a lesson to grow, heal and become better people. I salute all of you, thank you for the love & energy. S/O to Ed Brown for letting me wear his jersey for the Slam photoshoot. Much love! -Lamar. #GO #TEAM #ENEMIES !

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“Besides the embarrassment, it’s disappointing to read on IG that this decision had been made, especially without sharing it with myself or my manager,” Odom said. “Only after I heard from the media, I was then told that the big boys cutting checks decided that they had to deactivate me with no real specific explanation.”

Odom then addressed the comments Ice Cube made to TMZ, in which he indicated health and decreased ability may have been contributing factors in the league moving on from odom. The 39-year-old said he was “100% transparent about my condition” prior to signing his BIG3 contract and has been working hard to get in better shape.

For what it’s worth, Odom also praised Ice Cube and urged fans to not express any negativity toward the league. It’s not all that surprising that Odom didn’t last in the BIG3 considering everything he has gone through over the past several years, but you can’t blame him for being upset if he found out he had been cut the same way the rest of us learned about it.

Ice Cube addresses Lamar Odom being deactivated from BIG3

Lamar Odom

BIG3 founder Ice Cube has addressed the reason why Lamar Odom was among the four prominent players who were deactivated by the league this week.

The BIG3 announced on Wednesday that Odom, Baron Davis, Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells had been deactivated. Davis hadn’t played in a game this season and made it sound like he had issues with the league. O’Neal and Wells hadn’t played in a game either, while Odom only had two points and four rebounds on the season.

A reporter for TMZ Sports caught up with Ice Cube at the airport and asked him about Odom being deactivated.

“You know, as a league we want players that are actually playing,” Ice Cube said. He also mentioned they can’t have guys who “can’t play” or have “health issues.”

Wells had a heart attack in 2017. O’Neal is on medication for an irregular heartbeat and hadn’t been cleared to play.

TMZ says Odom was more in the “can’t play” category, which isn’t too surprising since he last played in the NBA six years ago and went through a near-death health experience.

BIG3 announces deactivation of Lamar Odom, Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells, Jermaine O’Neal

Lamar Odom

The BIG3 basketball league surprised many with a news announcement on Wednesday saying that numerous player and staff changes were being made, including the deactivation of several big-name players. The players being deactivated include former NBA players Lamar Odom, Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells and Jermaine O’Neal.

According to the media release, the changes “are being implemented to maximize competition, protect the health of players, and to raise the level of professionalism of the BIG3.”

Davis is listed as a co-captain for 3’s Company, which is 0-3 on the season. He has not registered any stats and said in a statement on his Twitter account that he decided to no longer participate in the league.

Davis also said his choice was not related to injury/health.

Odom was listed as a co-captain for the 2-1 Enemies but had only recorded 2 points, 4 rebounds and an assist on the season.

Neither Wells nor O’Neal had played in a game.

All four players have dealt with health issues or played sparingly according to BIG3 podcast The Fourth Man.

The league also announced that Big Baby Davis would avoid suspension for his ejection on Sunday.