Lamar Odom's attempt to restart his basketball career lasted one game.
The two-time NBA champion, whose career and life collapsed due to drug addiction, was one of four former NBA players "down" for the season on Wednesday by the Big3, the three-man league. created by Ice Cube.
According to those who knew the situation, Odom, Jermaine O. Neal, Bonzi Wells and Baron Davis were all disabled for competitive reasons and not for extrajudicial reasons. Odom was not "up to the competition point of view," according to one source.
Last year, Odom announced that he would play in this year's Big3 edition. He played for the last time in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012-13 season. He was hospitalized after being found in a Las Vegas brothel after a drug overdose in 2015. At that time, his highly publicized relationship with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was collapsed.
Per Odom, he had six strokes and 12 heart attacks while he was in a coma as a result of an overdose.
The Big3 did not specify the reason for the deactivations, simply stating that these changes were related to the league's desire to "maximize competition, protect players' health and raise the level of professionalism of the Big3".
Entering the season, Odom said he was ready for a return after being named co-captain of the Enemies team. But after struggling in his first match, Odom said in a TV interview that "once I've found my pace, it should not be a problem anymore." He did not play anymore.
In its third season, the Big3 has raised the level of competition and has become a collection league for exhilarating former pros within an organization that offers players like Royce White, an old-fashioned pick of the first turn, a possible stepping stone into the NBA.
Joe Johnson, a seven-time NBA star, has been an unstoppable force this season, leading the league in scoring.