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Is Lamar Odom Screwing His Career Up?

by Minority Fortune

Lamar Odom’s professional basketball career has come to a halt for now. Dallas Mavericks team has officially parted ways with the player. We didn’t think we’d be covering Lamar Odom on our financial site anytime soon since he’s had a steady career and income and doesn’t post tacky, hardly-wealthy videos on the internet (Can’t comment on his reality show as we do not want to watch it). However, news has recently broke over the past few days of Odom burning his bridges, and we thought that it serves as a great example of what not to do.

It’s been troubled times for Lamar Odom recently. The trade from the Los Angeles Lakers was taken very hard. In addition to the trade, he experienced a death in the family and an unexpected teenage death from a car accident. The baggage was brought into his new team the Dallas Mavericks where he half-heartedly performed, showed up late, and dished out attitude and entitlement. It was a psychological recipe for disaster.

It all came down to a crashing end just this week. ESPN revealed the details:

Cuban confirmed Tuesday evening the crux of the heated halftime confrontation was Cuban questioning Odom’s commitment. Odom, who had played only four minutes in the first half, reacted angrily to the question, shouting “stop playing games” several times. Odom did not take his seat on the bench until after the third quarter began.
“Well, yeah,” Cuban said when asked whether that exchange was the final straw. “Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. You guys saw it, saw what we did. It didn’t work.
“And I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not? Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end.”

It’s OK to not be OK

Lamar Odom is entitled to any grieving processes that he may be going through. For one, he is outwardly grieving from his Lakers departure. Secondly, he’s grieving over recent deaths. Coupled with unaddressed childhood issues and insecurities, it’s no surprise that he’s hurting. However, the NBA is not a nursery. It’s a franchise designed to bring entertainment to the masses and garner massive profits for various industries. Mark Cuban had already overlooked Lamar’s tantrums the “the first 17 times” but had dealt with enough. No one can help Lamar if he can’t help himself.

Sometimes it’s best to acknowledge your pain and be proactive in dealing with it. A distressed mind and body cannot be productive. Before it costs you your relationships and/or career, it’s better to work on it directly. Emotional pain is as valid as any other injury. To keep your own personal brand and integrity in tact, it’s important to take away all stress-inducing activities and rebuild yourself.

Quite simply, if Lamar doesn’t voluntarily take a break to get himself together, he may self-destruct. Before he develops more damage to his reputation, he’d better get away from the NBA scene for awhile. We hope this serves as a wake-up call and not a volatile turning point in his career. Should he ignore all the signs and keep going anyway, his destruction will be his own.

Should any team want Odom. they will have to buy him by June 29th for $2.4 million or pay out the $8.2 million that the player is scheduled to earn in 2012-13.

You Answer: Could this be the beginning of the end for Lamar Odom?


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