Lamar Odom’s highly anticipated return to the Dallas Mavericks has fallen flat as he has been demoted to the D-League.
Once a star forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, Khloe Kardashian’s husband will now be playing for the Mav’s affiliate team, the Texas Legends, on Saturday in nearby Frisco.
The move is a major slap in the face for 32-year-old Odom, who had recently canceled games to be by the side of his ailing father, Joe, back in L.A. and has not hit the court with his teammates since February 20.
“He has been excused to tend to a family matter. He will rejoin us after the [All-Star] break,” said Coach Rick Carlisle at the time, but instead the reality star didn’t arrive back in Dallas until Wednesday, where team owner Mark Cuban reportedly met with Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to work on a timetable that would ease him back into the fold after his weeklong personal leave.
Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd revealed that Lamar’s inconsistent effort and extended absence was worrying for his teammates.
"Trust factor is always big," Kidd said, "for that, he's going to have to earn it with a lot of the guys. But we all give second chances, third chances. For that, we just want him to be him and be comfortable and play."
Khloe and Lamar were delighted when he was traded to Dallas in December to escape the family drama and media spotlight that surrounded them back in Los Angeles.