Lamar Odom didn’t have the best of times during his forgettable stint with the Dallas Mavericks. However, he does have choice words to say to Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
Odom revealed in his autobiography, Darkness to Light, the horrible professional relationship he shared with the businessman and Shark Tankstar.
D Magazine published an excerpt from the memoir detailing their rocky relationship. According to Odom, his poor performance saw him get heckled by Cuban in the stands. The toxic relationship eventually reached its boiling point:
Things came to a head on April 7 in Memphis. We were in the locker room at halftime. I had played four scoreless minutes in the first half. Cuban had been hounding me all game, and he stormed into the locker room, got up in my face, and angrily screamed at me in front of the team, asking me if I was “in or out.”
I didn’t take kindly to it. Once again, he didn’t treat me like a man. That’s not how you handle something in front of the entire team. Man, it was heated. I had fantasies about decking him, but that wasn’t the way out. I never played another game for the Mavs.
The former Los Angeles Lakers Sixth Man of the Year also revealed that Cuban kicked him in the shin during a game, adding that only former Mavs teammate Vince Carter was the barrier from him getting into fisticuffs with Cuban.
Odom’s autobiography also tackled his drug problems and his very public relationship with the Kardashian family. However, the basketball section of the memoir paints a very interesting picture of Cuban as a team owner.
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