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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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61.

Tony    

Odom hasnt played for Lakers in Two years,, do they mean Clippers (last team he played for)

233 days ago
62.

Renny    

TMZ is digusting!

233 days ago
63.

lovely    

The story is weird how did Khloe kick Lamar out of his own house ? if anything he kicked her out I highly doubt Khloe purchased that house..

233 days ago
64.

goldie licks    

where is that person that always typed the Kim K Superstar biography did TMZ ban them? where they say the pool boy is Khloe's daddy.

233 days ago
65.

Dolly    

Lamar is the one who wants out is probably the real truth. PimpMama mad because this divorce will only give Khloe little bit of money and have a hard time for Khloe finding a new rich man.

233 days ago
66.

who dat    

This further proves pro sports covers obvious serious issues, to keep their reputation intact

233 days ago
67.

Patti    

Our Sources say..... I think this is Kris Jenner BS. The longest marriage of any of her children is heading for the rocks so his character must be destroyed to explain its failure. Can she admit than none of children know how to have a healthy relationship as they have been brought by a woman who cheats on the love of her life, treats her current husband like a lap dog and thinks it is okay to sell your daughter's tacky sex tape.

233 days ago
68.

NYCGlamour2    

Kris Jenner..f**k u!!!! U are and ur family are worthless pieces of crap!!

233 days ago
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NYCGlamour2    

Typo: I meant "u and ur whore family are worthless"

233 days ago
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Norma Desomd    

It's amazes me how many "sources" from so many different hotels give comments to TMZ. Reeks of Kris Jenner.

233 days ago
71.

Luv    

I don't know...this story sounds really suspicious to me. I'll wait for a more reputable source.

233 days ago
72.

Mike    

Hmmm ... somehow I suspect that Lamar Odom is not going to be playing in the NBA next year. Maybe forever. What a fool. He sure wouldn't be the first pro athlete to snort and smoke his way out of his career. Will Khloe Kardashian still want to be anywhere near Lamar after he's out of the NBA and no longer making the big bucks? Hell no! All those Kardashians are after is the $$$$$$$$$$$ and more fame.

233 days ago
73.

the_truth_hurts    

Why would the Kardashians participate in character assination??? This is all a pretext for divorce. Kardashians don't have loyalty to anyone in their family unless your name is Kardashian

233 days ago
74.

ketjo    

What a dam misleading headline.....that is almost a sue-able one........all headline with NOTHING to back it up ...just more rumors and spins from "close sources " in other words the Kardashion Kobra Kueen Kris and her drive to destroy this man......
Nowhere does it say he was cut for drug charges NO WHERE......
Yes Harvey Levin is the Korbra Kueen's Knight in Trashed Armor...but Harvey Levin has his own agenda also.....ant it is called MONEY>>>>>>>>>
Not since the Last big Paycheck he got to run his string of Lindsay Lohan comeback shyt has he had such a run on comments....and comments mean hits and hits mean MONEY in TMZ account....So right now Poor Lindsay has been pushed out of the lead stable of his trick ponies and he has his Khloe Kydesdale Klomping around the track !!......Dina you will need to really come up with something good to get the spotlight back on you money make...time to pull out the baby story.....LOL

233 days ago
75.

PeopleDoTheMost    

Omg! Of I was LAmar I would pack up my **** and run and try and get my life together away from this K Klan. This man has nothing attached to this family so far only a marriage certificate. He needs to run as fast. His children need him. He don't need the kardashian!

233 days ago
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