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Lamar Odom Legal and Marital Troubles Bigger Concerns than NBA Career

Troubled NBA star Lamar Odom is still without an NBA team and facing mounting legal and marital troubles a week before camps open.

Lamar Odom Legal and Marital Troubles Bigger Concerns than NBA Career
Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian. Photo courtesy of Helga Esteb /

NBA star Lamar Odom is reportedly going through marital issues with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian. He’s also facing legal issues after being arrested and charged with DUI on Aug. 30.

Not only that, the oft-troubled NBA star is currently without a job.

Odom is an unrestricted free agent, and with a new NBA season set to begin, his future in the NBA isn’t looking very bright, especially after reports surfaced that he had checked into a rehab to deal with drug and alcohol addiction.

That definitely qualifies as a boatload of issues.

Lamar Odom has never been one to stray from the public eye. He married Khloe Kardashian in September 2009 and has been targeted and followed by the paparazzi ever since.

In April 2011, the couple started their own reality show on E!. Khloe and Lamar was a spinoff of the popular reality show Keeping up With the Kardashians, in which the star-struck couple were featured along with Odom’s two children from his previous relationship.

In late 2011, Odom was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won two NBA championships and a Sixth Man Award, to the Dallas Mavericks. It turned out to be a complete disaster for both sides.

Odom’s time in Dallas was peppered with issues, being demoted to the NBA D-League and finally being placed on the inactive list on Easter Day, 2012, after a heated argument with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Odom was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, the team that originally drafted him back in 1999, and while he played in all 82 games, he was not a factor in the team’s overall success.

Now a free agent, one would have to assume that Odom’s career is in jeopardy considering all of the bizarre happenings in his life over the past several years. It certainly doesn’t seem like he’d be able to completely focus on basketball with all of the issues he’s currently dealing with.

But Odom insists that he wants to continue playing, telling that he doesn’t have a crack problem and that he’s ready to play for “anyone that’s a fan.”

See, here’s the problem, Lamar. You’ve been arrested for driving under the influence. You’ve reportedly been using recreational drugs that include crack cocaine. Your marriage is on the rocks. You’ve displayed an attitude that shows you’re simply not a team player.

What NBA team in their right mind would offer you a contract at this point?

Right now, Odom’s career should be the last thing on his mind. He’s got legal issues to sort out. He’s got a marriage to save. And he’s got an image that needs a complete makeover.

Assuming that he hasn’t blown all of the money he’s made during his career, he can afford to take a step and take stock of his life.

Odom has had a successful 14-year career, averaging 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He’s won two NBA titles and played with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.

But all of that is secondary compared to a life spiraling downward in a hurry.

For her part, Khloe Kardashian hasn’t helped matters much by sharing her marital woes via social networking sites like Instagram and Twitter.

But that’s a way of life that Odom signed on with, and he’ll now have to deal with his issues with millions of fans who will be watching his every move.

Lamar Odom is a terrific basketball player who has made his mark on the NBA. Now, it’s time to make his mark on life. It’s that mark that will eventually define Lamar Odom’s life, not his basketball skills.

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