Lamar Odom warms up for the game with the Los Angeles Lakers in his first game at Staples Center after being traded by the Lakers, on January 16, 2012.
We interrupt the anticipation for Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Heat to ask Mavs fans this simple question:
Are you ready to forgive Lamar Odom?
You remember him, right? Lamar Odom, the guy who absolutely quit on the Mavs in 2012 and help totally ruin their season as defending champions. The player Dallas paid to go away. The husband who brought his wife Khloe Kardashian and her nauseating “Lam Lam” routine. Yeah, that guy.
Since he left Dallas, Karma has been riding him. Hard.
Played a season with the Clippers, but averaged only four points and generally sucked. Released by the Clippers. Went to rehab for substance abuse of crack cocaine and prescription medication. Checked out of rehab after one day. Reportedly spent $800 a day on drugs. Got arrested for DUI. Rapped into a cellphone camera, boasting about using drugs and cheating on Khloe. Was divorced by Khloe.
And now, he’s suffering the humiliation of being banished to playing basketball in Spain.
Does that even things out? Has Lamar’s punishment fit his crime? Nope. Not even close. Quitting on a team and, in essence, stealing their money while pooping on their plans, is the biggest sin in all of sports.
Having Odom in uniform tonight wouldn’t help the Mavs beat the Heat. But having him, for example, get slipped some Spanish fly and stumble incoherently into the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona would go a ways toward soothing our ill feelings toward him.
Sorry, Lamar. We’re not ready to forgive. And we’ll never forget.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.