At the beginning of the off-season, there were rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers were interested in signing Lamar Odom. Unfortunately, reports began to surface about alleged drug use and the Lakers were no longer interested in his services. In an interview on The Seth Davis Show, Phil Jackson spoke about his former player and mentioned he had concerns about Odom in the off-season via Dan Duangdao of Lakers Nation as of Nov. 1:
"The summers for Lamar were a down period for Lamar. He had summer situations that went on almost every summer that I was coaching him after 2005-06. His son died -- crib death. He got held up on the streets, gun shot in his ear, stuff taken from him. He never trained during the summers."
With all the unfortunate situations that occurred during the summers, Phil Jackson thought marrying into the Kardashian family would provide him with much-needed support, but isn't so sure he feels the same way anymore:
"We thought the Kardashian arrangement or marriage was a terrific thing for him because it's a family, structure, something to give him support. Maybe it wasn't."
While no one has been able to reach Odom since these reports, Jackson has heard that Odom is slowly getting his life together and is hopeful that he will eventually return to the basketball court. With everything that has gone on in his life, basketball has been the one constant for Odom.
In seven seasons with the Lakers, Odom averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.
Before the start of the 2008-09 season, Jackson asked Odom to be the team's Sixth Man and his selflessness helped the Lakers win two consecutive championships in three Finals appearances. In 2011, Odom was rewarded for his efforts as he was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.
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