Report: Lamar Odom Had Angry Exchange With Mark Cuban Before Leaving Mavs

by April 10, 2012

The second dustup of the season between Lamar Odom and Mark Cuban, reportedly, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. So says ESPN: “At halftime of his final game with the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, Lamar Odom had an angry exchange with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the visitors’ locker room in Memphis, according to sources familiar with the discussion. Sources said that the heated words were ‘the culmination’ of an exasperating weekend. That convinced team officials to initiate discussions on Easter that led to the parties agreeing split for the rest of the season. According to sources, the crux of the heated halftime confrontation was Cuban asking Odom if he was ‘in or out.’ Sources said Odom, who had played only four minutes in the first half, reacted angrily to the question and did not take his seat on the bench until after the third quarter began. This was not the first time that Cuban had confronted Odom during a game. During a March 6 win over the New York Knicks, Cuban shouted at Odom from the owner’s seat near the Mavs bench after the forward’s failure to hustle back on defense resulted in an uncontested layup for New York’s Landry Fields. Cuban and Odom both downplayed that incident, with Cuban pointing out that he’s a passionate fan who frequently yells at players.”