E.S.P.JEN: NBA -- Lamar Odom's Drug Problem Goes All The Way Back To His Mavericks Days
We’re all wondering how can a NBA player be an avid drug user and still play, well Lamar Odom is being a real life example.
According to TMZ, Lamar had a heavy drug habit while playing for the Dallas Mavericks and the L.A. Lakers.
Sources in connection to a Westin hotel in Memphis told TMZ that in March 2012, right before Lamar was cut from the Mavericks, he stayed in a guest room while in town with his team.
Sources say hotel employees found major carpet damage which included burn marks. It gets worse; the damage was so bad and irreversible that the carpet had to be replaced all together. Hotel employees also found white powder on the desk, the room smelled of potent smoke, and it was apparent that serious drug usage was going on in that particular room.
NBA players usually stay at The Westin while on the road and TMZ reached out to several of these hotels in different cities. Come to find out, several hotel employees have complained about the condition of the rooms whenever Lamar left, very similar to the situation in Memphis, but this was while he was playing for the Lakers.
Sources also say Lamar’s fellow Mavericks players knew nothing about his substance abuse but they knew something was definitely wrong with him.
It’s being said that during his last days on the Mavs, Lamar was smoking Oxycontin and cocaine. It got so out of hand that the Mavs let him go mid-season and still paid him in full just so he would go away.
Odom’s drug use then intensified to crack and is life-threatening.
Of course this is more than hard to deal with but Khloe’s staying strong and visited Lamar at an undisclosed location. She won’t get back with Lamar until he decides to get clean but she is there for him and is doing all she can to help him get his life back on track.