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Lamar Odom

The NBA Drug Trail

8/27/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-lamar-tmz-odomLamar Odom was deep into drugs while he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks and there is evidence he was doing the exact same thing while playing for the Lakers ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to a Westin hotel in Memphis tell TMZ ... in March of 2012, shortly before Lamar was cut from the Mavs, he stayed in one of the guest rooms while his team was in town playing the Grizzlies. 

Our sources say when Lamar left, hotel employees found major carpet damage ... including quarter-sized burn marks. The damage was so bad, the hotel had to replace the carpeting in the room.

Our sources say hotel employees also found white powder on the desk blotter and the room reeked of noxious smoke.  Our sources say it was obvious there was serious drug use going on in the hotel room. 

The Westin is one of numerous hotels where NBA players stay when they're on the road. TMZ has contacted a number of these hotels in various cities. We've learned from several hotel employees ... they had complained about the state of the rooms when Lamar left -- similar to what happened in Memphis -- and this was while he was playing for the Lakers. 

Our sources say no one on the Mavs knew Lamar was a substance abuser while he was on the team, but everyone knew something was seriously wrong with him.

We're told that during at least part of the time he was playing for the Mavs, Lamar was smoking Oxycontin and cocaine.

Odom's problems were so severe, he was cut from the Mavs mid-season and paid in full just so he would go away.

TMZ broke the story ... the drug use escalated to crack -- and we're told Lamar's level of crack use is now alarming and life-threatening.

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godmanneo    

Sad but true. Millions of women who want to be like them respond to what is posted below... Just as they do.! You can not serve two masters... Quit following MONEY and start following GOD! The Bible says... you will receive your reward Matthew 6:19

388 days ago
152.

Shae    

Id say his kids mother dodged a bullet. Khloe got the worse end of this. But that's what she gets for thinking she was better than, Lisa. Lisa made out

388 days ago
153.

TJ    

Like Khloe and ROB didn't participate????

388 days ago
154.

Courtney    

I am so disappointed to hear of these allegations. I watch the Kardashian reality show and I always liked Khloe and Lamar. They seemed to have a good marriage and I thought their only problems were the fertility issues. I am so sorry that Lamar has these addictions issues, I hope they can survive this, but honestly I am not so sure. It really is not a good idea to marry someone that you have only known a few weeks.

388 days ago
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Claitun Bigzbee    

Two shocking points (I'm being sarcastic); an athlete is on drugs and racist people use the comment section as a soapbox to promote their archaic ideology. Racism and discrimination on a whole is so last century. We get it, you like to ruffle feathers because you're weak, insecure and fearful but golly gee whiz, when will you grow up and move on? It would make the world a much better place.

Yours truly,

Claitun Bigzbee

388 days ago
156.

Kate    

Wow, TMZ - I'm definitely not a fan of the crazy Kardashians or Lamar but the daily badgering of Lamar Odom is so transparent as to where it's coming from. Why not give the same coverage to Rob Kardashian - there's something definitely off with him these days. Grow a pair Harvey and stop kissing Kris' ass. I only hope Bruce that escapes one day and writes a juicy tell all!

388 days ago
157.

Elena    

Now I'm getting a little skeptical; these 'sources' really are stepping out of the woodwork.

388 days ago
158.

violetta5    

At the end of th day I feel for Khloe and Lamar drug addiction is hell of a battle. It is never a good idea to marry someone you have known for 4 weeks. Do find it strange that while Lamar was supposadely being a good husband all of this was kept under wraps but now that his cheating ways have been confirmed the flood gates to his personal life have been opened?? Don't mess with the Kartashians they have the media in ther pocket...

388 days ago
159.

mbronner    

Shocker he is still doing drugs! The Mavs reinforced his drug behavior by giving him a paid vacation because he was doing drugs, so he continued to do drugs.

388 days ago
160.

barnyardhumor    

TMZ's headline about Lamar Missing has already been proven inacurate - wonder how much more is untrue. Hope Lamar has a good lawyer who sues the pants off TMZ. These other rags should be sued as well - OK, US, In Touch, Life and Style - all report things that are not accurate. Enough!

388 days ago
161.

BOHOE    

Kris Jenner's statement - Hi Dolls - Been praying to Jesus Krist that all will be better in time for our Kardashian Kristmas - we love watching Kartoons on Kristmas Eve and eating Kristrmas Kookies - this year Kristmas dinner will be prepared using our new line of Kardashian Kookware available now at Sears - and don't forget its not Kristmas without our Kardashian glow in the dark bronzer

388 days ago
162.

Veronica     

There mom created alot of this mess. Me and Bruce got married after 4 months or sum crap the h@e was talking about it

388 days ago
163.

indaknow    

Regardless of his drug use, the Kardashian have ruined his basketball career by leaking this info. Clippers had no idea this was going on and actually considered re-signing him before this happened.

388 days ago
164.

Knock Biebers Face In. lil Puke    

That old whore Kris Jenner is looking up saying, "thank you, thank you very very much" I can make a show out of this. Now, who can by my hoarder..? Oh, maybe my fat son.

388 days ago
165.

TJ    

Notice this did not come out, until they had the "replacement" bound &,hog tied????? (Kanye West).

388 days ago
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