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Myron MedcalfESPN Workers Author
- Covers faculty basketball
- Joined ESPN.com in 2011
- Graduate of Minnesota State College, Mankato
Lamar Odom’s try and reboot his basketball profession lasted one recreation.
The 2-time NBA champion, whose profession and life unraveled resulting from drug habit, was one in every of 4 former NBA gamers “deactivated” for the season Wednesday by the Big3, the 3-on-Three league created by Ice Dice.
Per these with data of the state of affairs, Odom, Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells and Baron Davis have been all deactivated for aggressive causes and never resulting from any off-the-court points. Odom was not “as much as it from a aggressive standpoint,” per a supply.
Final 12 months, Odom introduced that he would play on this 12 months’s version of the Big3. He final performed within the NBA for the LA Clippers in the course of the 2012-13 season. He was hospitalized after being discovered unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel following a drug overdose in 2015. By then, his high-profile relationship with actuality TV star Khloe Kardashian had fallen aside.
Per Odom, he had six strokes and 12 coronary heart assaults whereas he was in a coma following the overdose.
The Big3 didn’t specify a motive for the deactivations, saying solely that the strikes have been tied to the league’s want to “maximize competitors, defend the well being of the gamers, and to boost the extent of the professionalism of the Big3.”
Coming into the season, Odom mentioned he was a prepared for a comeback after being named a co-captain of The Enemies squad. However after struggling in his first recreation, Odom mentioned in a televised interview that “as soon as I bought my rhythm again, it needs to be no downside.” He did not play once more.
In its third season, the Big3 has elevated the extent of competitors and graduated from being a pickup league for over-the-hill former professionals to a corporation that is giving gamers similar to Royce White, a former first-round choose, a potential springboard again into the NBA.
Joe Johnson, a seven-time NBA All-Star, has been an unstoppable drive this season, main the league in scoring.