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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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46.

janet    

It's been Odoms turn. Like that was not going to happen.


Kardashians have done nothing but trash this man for their benefit.

Odom is so drugged out and no one noticed except them? No team mates, no coaches, no owners, no nothing. Just the Kardashians bullshyt.

For gods sakes, they accused Humphries of having Herpes.They had no problem putting that all over the net.

Lamar Odom, just like Kris Humphries will have the last laugh.

334 days ago
47.

true believer    

Now TMZ will trash Lamar just like they trashed Kris Humphries. Kris Jenner will send Harvey nasty rumors, sources that can't be traced or proven. All to keep this family of grifters in the "news".
I have a few questions about how involved was the Kardashian family with Lamars drug use:

Did Khloe aid or enable Lamars drug use, in order to keep it quiet?
Was Rob Kardashian involve with the drug use, as they were close friends and at times he lived with Khloe and Lamar?

334 days ago
48.

Hurley    

It is a well known fact that Harvey Levin is a gay man. I wonder if he brought Kris Jenner toclimax when he licked her balls and gave her a handy

334 days ago
49.

whatshername    

Lamar was the most decent of them all and they are going for him hard. It truly speaks on their character. I will never watch any program any if them are on.. I bet Rob is sucking Harvey off as we speak!

334 days ago
50.

Hurley    

Next Lamar will be smoking little kittens and baby seals...
I CANT WAIT UNTIL LAAR LEAKS A FEWTORIES ABOUT PMK-SATAN

334 days ago
51.

Kaz    

Hmmm right, so all of these hotel employees have only come forward now, over a year after the alleged incident?
Seems a bit fishy to me.
Now Kim's divorce is over and Kourtney has proved Scott is the father of her children, it's now Khloe's turn to have the media spread vicious rumours.

334 days ago
52.

Truth    

CMON NOW... THIS IS THE NBA. BLACK PEEPS BE TAKIN DRUGS SINCE THE LEAGUE WAS FOUNDED. BACK IN THE DAY LOSER PLAYAS ON CRACK AND SH*T WERE LET GO UNDER THE GUISE OF "INJURY" WHEN IN FACT IT WAS DOING SNOW ON THE SIDE, JUST SAYIN. WHITNEY HOUSTON'S BROTHER GARY HOUSTON HAD PROMISE AS AN NBA PLAYA IN 79-80 SEASON WITH DENVER NUGGETS. LET GO DUE TO DRUGS. OFFICIAL REASON?? "INJURY". HIS OWN MAMA CISSY HOUSTON CALLED HIM OUT IN HER BOOK ON REMEMBERING WHITNEY. #TRUTH!!

334 days ago
53.

hms    

I love how those who cannot stand anyone bashing ODOM for his drug use,.....are the same who bashed Lohan for hers.......Hypocrites.

334 days ago
54.

HoTMZ    

She gave him an ultimatum - drugs and you can't come back home, or rehab and me. He chose drugs, prostitutes, divorce and unemployment. He chose that, not Khloe or anyone else.

334 days ago
55.

TJ    

Rob and Khloe were not partaking? Come on!

334 days ago
56.

my 2 cents    

Lawyer up...it's going to be a bumpy ride...

334 days ago
57.

Beaker90    

Does the NBA not do drug screenings?

334 days ago
58.

robocop    

How long are you going to hound this guy? He needs help right now, not a bunch of jackals hired by KJ to grind this guy into the ground to make her daughter look good -- as if!!!

334 days ago
59.

TheyNeverLearn2    

Thanks for the heads up on the Westin. I didn't know they stayed there. I can cross that hotel off my list.

334 days ago
60.

Michael    

Kartrashians plan to deflect and make yourself look better....
Talk about anything else but the real problem -Khloe is a man
Talk about and blame the other person.
Talk about how brave you've been
Talk about how supportive you've been.
Talk about how much of an angel you are
Talk about how much society needs you.
In other words, throw the other person under the bus. Even if its your kids, your husband or a complete stranger who did nothing to you

334 days ago
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