In what has already been a terrible week for forward Lamar Odom, there is one more lowlight: According to the website TMZ.com, Odom was arrested on a DUI charge early Friday morning in California.
Earlier this week, a slew of reports alleged that Odom had been battling drug addiction, and that his family—including wife and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian—had been unable to locate him. Odom was photographed with Kardashian earlier this week, and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, told multiple media outlets that Odom’s whereabouts were, in fact, known.
Lamar Odom is a free agent. (AP Photo)
While the reports of Odom’s drug issues remain merely allegations, the reported DUI would be a very real problem for Odom. He was arrested at 3:54 a.m. after driving too slow on California’s 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, and TMZ is reporting that he failed multiple field sobriety tests.
As Odom’s personal life continues to crumble, his hopes of rejuvenating his professional life are getting dimmer and dimmer. It was only two seasons ago that Odom was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Lakers, but after leaving L.A. in 2011, Odom flamed out in Dallas, averaging 6.6 points and 35.2 percent shooting and ending the year with the Mavericks essentially kicking him off the team. He signed with the Clippers last year and averaged 4.0 points on 39.9 percent shooting.
Odom is a free agent this summer, and though a handful of teams—including the Lakers—expressed some interest in him, there is little chance that anyone will pick him up now.
“I would say he is beyond toxic at this point,” one general manager told Sporting News. “Just going by what he is giving you on the court, he would have been a risk anyway, maybe someone you give a partial guarantee to just to see if he can turn things around. But with the circus that’s around him off the court now, no way. I think that’s the end of Lamar Odom in the NBA. It’s a shame.”
For now, Odom is apparently facing much more important challenges in his personal life. US Weekly noted that Kardashian told her husband on Aug. 21 that he needs to get help for his addiction or get out. But for those who have closely followed his professional life, it’s a potentially sad end to what was a very productive career, one that included two championships with the Lakers.