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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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bbwlover1969    

So your "sources" are some hotel employees who found carpet burns and smelled something funny? Wow! That's major evidence right there! He's obviously on crack by that hard evidence!

333 days ago
32.

kel    

When I read your stories about Lamars drug use...who is paying you to sabotage this guy ...the Kardashians??? Leave this guy alone already...

333 days ago
33.

Scout    

And NONE of these "sources" who could have taken pictures (proof) and sold their stories long ago did.
They were just waiting for you to come and ask (and pay them).

Riiiiiiight.

333 days ago
34.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

So you're actually conducting an investigation for the sole purpose of ruining this guy's life. Until I read a story about Khloe not being on speaking terms with her mother over this I have to assume she's in on it. Karma is getting Lamar for leaving his family for Khloe and it will catch up to you and the Kraptrashians for what you are doing now. Disgusting.

333 days ago
35.

Renny    

TMZ is disgusting! You are deliberately setting out on a witch hunt to destroy this man! They're getting a divorce. He's not playing right now. What more do you want from him? Seems you won't be satisfied until you take his life!

333 days ago
36.

kel    

Tmz you better be able to back up all of your stories...cause if they aren't true...you gonna get sued...and jope you do just because Harveys an idiot to be talking with mom kardashian...she's a witch

333 days ago
37.

TJ    

And Khloe and Rob did not partake in any way?? They all lived very closely together, in the same house & Rob seemed very buddy,buddy with Lamar. Rob is looking very unhealthy, especially on their last show.
Birds of a feather....

333 days ago
38.

66bluemarlin    

Wowwwww! What a way to promote TMZ Sports at the expense of an obviously sick man who needs help....

333 days ago
39.

CyndiChainsaW    

Doubtful hotel staff is going to remember all the details a year and a half later. Nice try tmz.

333 days ago
40.

Diana    

Hope he gets the help he needs. lamar and khloe are cute together . wishing for the best for them.

333 days ago
41.

Dubbz360    

I hope u guys get sued for all these stories trying to ruin a mans life. Lets write some stories on Harvey's butt pirate pillow biting hotel stays and see how he likes it. Karma sucks tmz

333 days ago
42.

TJ    

Rob always adamant about living at Khloe's & Lamar's house? Wanted to be close to the source, perhaps? Doubt Khloe & Rob are innocent, after all those years cohabiting with Lamar. Of course the media is just focusing on Lamar~ check out the other two,while you are at it.

333 days ago
43.

amberpixel    

Wow this is shocking.. not.. and tmz his drug use didn't escalate to smoking crack if he was already smoking oxys and cocaine. Crack is cocaine it's just the melted down version to make it hard where it can be smoked.

333 days ago
44.

Christine    

Wow Harvey you should change the site name to Kmz, since your head so far up Kris's ass!

333 days ago
45.

Leopold butters Stotch     

Kris Jenner is the biggest goon in Hollywood and she has no talent, her only claim to fame is having her daughter make a sex film.

333 days ago
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