Lamar Odom Demoted to the D-League: Is It All Just Too Much?

Lamar OdomOnly last season, Khloe Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom, won the Sixth Man of the Year award, given to the NBA's most valuable player coming off the bench as a substitute. Now, news has come out that Odom is likely to play at least one game with the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco, Texas. Talk about a demotion! Apparently poor Odom needs to "get his legs back under him," according to a source. 

Unfortunately for those of us who love us some Lamar, he's been struggling most of the season. There's even been speculation that Odom wanted a buyout of his contract and to stop playing for Dallas. He considered retirement after his younger cousin's death during the off-season, and recently had to take a break to take care of his sick father. And now he has to play in the D-League.

Not sure if things could get worse for the poor guy career-wise -- let's hope his and Khloe's marriage stays strong.

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There's no doubt Odom's play has been going downhill. Many reports are saying he hasn't been able to get over his abrupt trade and having to move from Los Angeles, the city he loves. Needless to say, even though Odom has been a beloved player for over a decade in the NBA, perhaps you also have to wonder if the move, the transition to a new team and city, his ailing father, his schedule filming his reality show with his wife Khloe, their married life, and unsuccessful attempts for a baby have finally gotten the best of him.

Seriously, being an athlete and dating and/or being married to a Kardashian can't be easy. It's gotta have some sort of effect on their play. Reggie Bush, linked on and off to Kim Kardashian, has had an up and down career. His love life had made more headlines than his game. And, of course, we all know what happened to Kris Humphries after his divorce from Kim. He still gets booed wherever he goes and no matter how well he plays. Who knows if life in the Kardashian fast lane is also getting to Lamar and making him play worse?

Of course, Khloe and Lamar have always been different; they've always been the two we believed can last. But even if Lamar ends up retiring or going to a new city, you can almost guarantee that there will be cameras following his and Khloe's every move, as is the Kardashians' style. So maybe there's no end in sight for the pressures on Lamar.

There's nothing we want to see more than Lamar get back to his old form. Perhaps this time with the D-League will help him regain some much-needed perspective -- or the wake-up call that it's time to retire. Only time will tell if this is the winter of Lamar's professional basketball career. I just hope that, if Khloe and Lamar truly do want a family, Lamar can transition from career to family and have a new baby to occupy his thoughts and move onto a new, peaceful and happy chapter of his life.

Do you think Khloe and Lamar will stay in Dallas?

 

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