The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
Odom kicked off his stint with the Mavs by taking a 10-day leave of absence to take care of some personal business. Upon his return, it was announced that the 6-10 “Khloe and Lamar” star would join the D-League’s Texas Legends for one game against the Austin Toros. The move was allegedly to recondition his body after a long absence, but in a last second decision — designed to bolster the organization against a pivotal game against the Utah Jazz — Odom instead reported directly back to the Dallas Mavericks and had one of his best games to date.
Although Odom was acquired by the Mavs before the season started last year, the NBA’s “Sixth Man of the Year” never seem to really fit in with the team. On his reality show, Odom made no secret of the fact that the love he has for the L.A. Lakers would forever remain in his heart.
During his stint with the Mavs, Odom critics viewed the player as not giving the game any effort and accused him of being lazy. Matters got out of hand when on March 21, he was booed by irate fans in Dallas when he had to play against Lakers.
It was evident that Coach Rick Carlisle was nearing the end of his rope with Odom when he refused to talk about him to reporters. Yet Odom’s struggles on the court reportedly stemmed from his personal pains which seemed to pose a distraction for him.
As previously reported by Newsone, last July a close cousin was shot and killed which left Odom devastated. Not long after, Odom was faced with still another tragedy. An SUV that he was riding in struck a motorcycle, which then plowed down a 15-year-old teen who was killed. Reportedly, both tragedies nearly caused Odom to quit the sport that he loves.
In his final game last Saturday against the Grizzlies, Odom played a mere four minutes and managed only a single rebound. Frustrated with his performance, teammate Dirk Nowitzki refused to answer any questions about Odom.
Odom averaged career lows of 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds during his 50-game stint. He also shot a career-low 35.2 percent from the field.