Lamar Odom has had a pretty rough and interesting last few years. Two summers ago, after he was named the best bench player in the NBA, his cousin died. While in NYC for the funeral, his driver hit a biker, who hit a pedestrian who then died.
Everyone knows about his other struggles as well, like losing a child, but it seems like all this has finally compacted and Odom is done playing basketball.
He married Khloe Kardashian, who by all accounts seems to be very good for him, especially because she's shown him how to make money outside of basketball with reality shows and fragrances. That comfort zone, however, has been bad for his game.
After Lamar found out the Lakers had traded him, everything professionally began to fall apart. There have been records that he demanded a trade, and some that they told him he was going to leave, after the initial trade had fallen through.
Then on the Dallas Mavericks, he was so bad he had to be taken down to the D-league. Eventually, he just didn't play anymore.
Now he's on the Clippers, the team where he started his NBA career, in the city he claims to love and that he calls home. But it still doesn't seem like he's gotten things back on track professionally.
Odom dropped out of the Olympics to get in shape, but instead he gained 20lbs. He's currently injured and out of shape, but says he'll start the season with the Clippers. While he wasn't going to be a key of their offense, he was going to be an integral part. It doesn't seem like he wants to be though.
After such a dismal and tumultuous season last year, you'd think he'd want to show everyone he's still the best pine rider around. That isn't the case.
Grantland founder Bill Simmons, who has been a Clippers season ticket holder for many years, has projected that he doesn't think Odom will last longer than three months in the NBA this season and that his career is over.
Looking at all the evidence, it seems like he could be right. Odom has literally no visible signs that he really wants to play, other than what he says. He claims he's gotten lots of counseling and is in a good place, and ready to play.
If that were true, his actions would speak louder than his words and he would have been ready for the NBA season. Odom has had a difficult life, but so have a lot of other people, and they still have to get up and go to work every day. It doesn't seem like he is capable of that.
While Odom probably won't cop out in three months, this will likely be his last season in the NBA, and he may bow out before it's over. The league is full of young, hungry players who would love to take the 13 year vet's $8.2 million salary.
He's had a full career in the NBA, which has been longer than most. He should just walk and salvage what legacy he has, especially if he has no intention of playing to his ability.