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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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76.

hms    

Professional athletes AND actors make terrible role models.

366 days ago
77.

hms    

Lamar - do all the drugs you want.....you can always blame the Kardashians later.......#blame someone else

366 days ago
78.

Rachael    

You know this is a paid trashing of character paid for by Kris Jenner, because never has TMZ EVER put so much front page stories or bad press for ANYBODY- even A-list actors. This is bull crap, and we're tired of it. Just run a banner ad and give us some real new, Arswipes!

366 days ago
79.

sophiastormy    

Yet he is driving in a hummer ? No one intervening, with a major crack problem? I call bull shyte

366 days ago
80.

sophiastormy    

Attention all athletes stay away from all trash bags, they will smear you

366 days ago
81.

laura    

This saddens me that someone with the whole world going for him would turn to crack, of all drugs. He's a multi-millionaire, has a loving wife, and a life anyone would kill for... how does one wake up one day and start smoking crack? I believe his father has a crack problem too that he's touched upon on the show... that is so depressing that he would decide to go down the same road.

366 days ago
82.

liberal racist    

the kind of people posting on here are the same as on yahoo. bottom of the barrel idiots. racists and bigots as well.

366 days ago
83.

ketjo    

I see TMZ has brought in the hired trolls crew.... the one he usually uses on the Lohan boards.....LOL ..you know the "give her another change " or the "why are you being so mean" crew....
I see the theme they are following her.....
" drug addicts need help " and "if he is on drugs he needs" etc etc.....
but the driving theme they are selling is " linking Larmar and Drugs together so when you think Lamarr Odom...you think Drugs.... basic advertizing tactics `101.
You know that old saying.....
" Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and tell it to as many people as you can and soon that lie will be labeled the truth......."
Some thing Harvey Levin and TMZ lives by.....LOL

366 days ago
84.

DonDaadah    

Is Lamar Odom the only halfway celeb to ever use drugs? Why does TMZ keep focusing on this? Hell, as others said, I'd be smoking crack to if I married into the Kardashian klan. Why don't they focus on Kris Jenner and all of the stuff she has done in her past? TMZ never reports on that crackwhore cheating hag. Wonder why?

366 days ago
85.

J    

This is sad that the kardashians would profit from someone's pain by staying in the headlines and making this a field day for the media. That family will stop at nothing and has no shame. Lamar get help and run as far away from this family as possible. Life is meant to be enjoyed.. And your still young enough to turn things around.. Especially for your children's sake

366 days ago
86.

Maire    

if this is true (which I sincerly hope is not) WHY would Kloe try so hard to get pregnant? That's crazy. I makes me wonder if that friendof his she tried so hard to get rid of was involved in this mess

366 days ago
87.

J    

Ok TMZ how about this spin.. It could be khloe with the drug problem. Didn't she have a DUI before? Perhaps Khloe was smoking in the hotel room... Maybe Lamar was gonna come out about Khloe's drug problem and the KKK beat him to the punch ..

366 days ago
88.

Jordan    

So the Westin Hotel decided not to make the NBA pay for damagers or the Dallas Mavericks, and they did not call police for the drug use that was Alleged to be left behind. Kris Kardashian really needs her talk show renewed and she is using Lamar to do it.

366 days ago
89.

JW    

YOU ARE JUST KRIS JENNER'S LITTLE BITCH, TMZ.

366 days ago
90.

BellaJ    

Do we really need ANOTHER headlining story on Lamar?!! We get it ok? Stop beating a dead horse. All these stories are doing is fanning the flames of extreme dislike towards the Kartrashians bc we all know PMK is behind these stories!!!

366 days ago
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