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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 12:08 pm  |  16 responses

Lamar Odom Apologized to Teammates Before Return


Before returning from a 10-day, midseason hiatus last night, Lamar Odom apologized to his teammates for sticking with him through troubling times and asked them for their support. Then after his comeback performance—in which he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 boards—Odom praised owner Mark Cuban for sticking with him. Here’s hoping things get better for the 6-10 forward. Via ESPNDallas: “Soft-spoken and typically introspective, Lamar Odom did not disclose the personal issue that took him away from the Dallas Mavericks for 10 days and pushed his team’s patience with him to the brink, but he did open up about finding resolution and his commitment to the organization. In his highly scrutinized return to the team Saturday night, playing in his first game since Feb. 20, Odom apologized to his teammates moments before the opening tip and asked for their patience and support. He said he never asked for nor did he want a buyout as had been rumored, saying that he is ‘lucky’ and ‘blessed’ to be with the Mavs organization, and he praised owner Mark Cuban for standing by him. ‘It was really personal and it was something I had to tend to,’ Odom said of the issue that suddenly forced him to leave the team on Feb. 22. ‘Mark Cuban is a great owner for understanding. Sometimes we have to fix whatever’s going on off the court in order for us to fix what’s going on on the court.’ Asked if he found resolution to his personal issue to allow him to remain focused for the rest of the season, Odom said, ‘I don’t see why not. Everything’s OK.’ As for teammates that had begun to question his commitment, including Jason Kidd, who said on Friday that Odom will have to earn their trust, Odom said, ‘I just told them to stick with me and at this point in time in my life I need them.’ His teammates told him they need him, too.”

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  • Conor O.

    “Before returning from a 10-day, midseason hiatus last night, Lamar Odom apologized to his teammates for sticking with him through troubling times and asked them for their support. Then after his comeback performance—in which he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 boards—Odom praised owner Mark Cuban for sticking with him. Here’s hoping things get better for the 6-10 forward…” He apologized to them for supporting him? What? Terrific, SLAM.

  • http://sports.com annette Harris

    support lamar

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Call it a career, Lamar.
    You had a very good run.
    If you don’t want to play anymore, then, you don’t want to play anymore.

  • http://sports.com annette Harris

    yall know that Lamar will never walk out on his teammates or his career. Sometimes when you have family problems and going through things you have to just keep private and going to the problem solver, JESUS CHRIST, Support yall teammate, I don’t believe Lamar will let you all down he’s been through too much to do that. You akk must support each other to make this team great. Divided you’ll fall, together you can triump. Thanks Mr. cuban for supporting Lamar and your team players. Yall work toghether to make this team a great one.

  • meowmeow

    What, Conor, don’t you apologize to your friends and then ask them for support when they stick with you?

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    If this is really all because he was upset about being traded from the Lakers, he needs to grow up. I’m a huge Lakers fan and I do like Lamar, but this is ridiculous. People get traded, it’s a business if you can’t handle it you have no place in the NBA.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Ridiculous to call for Lamar to retire, stupidity we’ve all come to accept.
    He’s getting a paycheck. He’s making a lot of money. Suck it up for a career and retire happily.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Lamar is a cat whose been through a lot in his life, lot of pain….praying for the best for him, seems like a good person. One of the reasons I can’t ever really get myself to call him soft

  • robb

    ^^^^^
    yep the man’s been through a lot. I’ve always felt Lamar struggles to find motivation, many of us would say “yeah it must be a hard life, playing ball for a living and earning millions” but when you are a depressive guy like him, things are not so easy. I hope everything works out for him in Dallas.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Odom got upset, because Lakers were trying to improve as a team. If Odom would have played better his entire career with the Lakers he would not come up in trade talks. Also Odom has to realize a TEAM wanted him, so that is a good thing. Odom might have went through alot in his life, so have everyone commenting and every human in this world. I don’t feel sorry for Odom, he just needs to MAN UP and be honest about his life and his choices. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com Big D

    And another Kardasian strikes again.

  • USABOUND

    I hope Lamar can find a way to play some better ball after getting his head right. I can honestly say that dealing with a family issue and trying to perform at any level can take a toll on anyone. Best Wishes for Lamar and Dallas.

  • The Truth

    Drop the Kardashain chick, you’ll be back on your game!

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    …now only if Rick Carlisle could give him minutes then..

  • RunNGun

    Grow a pair of balls, Odom. STFU and play.

  • DebG

    I luv the Mavs and I luv Lamar. So glad he came back and performed so well! I hope he and Khloe can adjust to their new life in Dallas. Change is stressful but it makes one grow as a person. Hang in there, Lamar, we’re pulling for you and the Mavs!

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