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Phil Jackson

Lamar Odom May Have Burned His Lakers Bridge

10/30/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lamar Odom may have ruined his chances of EVER returning to his beloved Los Angeles Lakers ... so says his ex coach and NBA legend Phil Jackson.

Jackson didn't mince words to TMZ when we asked if he thought Lamar would ever return to the purple and gold.  He said, "I think that bridge might have been burned."

In case you didn't know, Phil is pretty tight with Lakers execs -- he lives with team Prez Jeanie Buss.

And this is interesting.  Phil tells us ... he's not blaming the Kardashian family for Lamar's woes, despite a recent interview in which he hinted that Lamar would have been better off without the K-fam.



He says although the reality show was "a distraction" for Lamar, there's a benefit that outweighed the negative -- "Lamar got a family and a caring unit."

He also said he worries that Bruce Jenner is out of the picture ... because Lamar related to him as an athlete. 

As for what caused Lamar to unravel, Jackson said he's been dealing with "too many personal things," although he was not specific.

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Yurra Knutz    

When crack is smoked... bridges get burned.

269 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Lamar might be past his prime at this point. He had a good career but for his talent it was a bit underachieving to me.

269 days ago
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J    

Did you watch the a Lakers tonight??? They don't need him. Lamar is pushing 34 and hasn't averaged over 7 PPG in 3 years. It's naturally his time to hang it up. Hopefully he can look at this as an opportunity to start a second chapter in his life maybe coaching kids, or even buying a car dealership or theaters around town. It worked for Magic Johnson. But to say my career is over I am going to run around town with tramps and smoke crack all while being married is not a good look.

269 days ago
4.

NOT ELMO    

Lamar Odom may have ruined his chances of EVER returning to his beloved Los Angeles Lakers..................keep up the good work Lamer

269 days ago
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Jan     

Phil just didn't want to say UT out loud but he has said it bef

269 days ago
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Jan     

Phil, be honest like you were before. The Lakers told Lamar that he had a place on the team if he would divorce himself from the Kardashians. A good family unit is one thing but a toxic family like the Kardashians is a whole different thing entirely.

269 days ago
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*_* JUST A FRIEND *_*    

...Lamar should sue the Kardashian's and TMZ, for all the damage they've done to his reputation and in the process his career...!!! TESTIFY !!!

269 days ago
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Rachael    

I wish you would eternally pizz on the cellulite Kardashians (who deserve it) like this TMZ. Way to go, burn this guy's rep just for some cash and stories, same way you exhault those fat Kows for cash and stories. You SUCK, TMZ.

269 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

I like the part where he referred to Bruce Jenner as an athlete. Bruce WAS an athlete. He was a superb athlete. Now he's just a botoxed, plastic surgeried old woman. Aside from dropping all the Kardashian lard they were married to, unless Lamar is into crossdressing I don't see where he would have anything in common with him.

269 days ago
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Renny    

I'm hoping for the best for LO. I hope he gets his life back on track. His kids need him and I still think he and Khloe can work things out.

269 days ago
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jayndeb    

Burce and lamar are apart of the kartrashing curse those women use them up ruin them an move on to the new biggest wallet

268 days ago
12.

Sue    

His career is finished. Please Lamar get help before you die.

268 days ago
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Sue    

I am glad Phil said what finally needed to be said. Lamar doesn't want to play for anyone but the Lakers, so he is finished. Somehow I see Lamar feeling sorry for himself and using crack until he dies. Obviously, even Khloe can't make him stop using. I hope he can beat this addiction.

268 days ago
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cluesarethere    

"Lamar got a family and a caring unit."

You know he's full of it... Caring unit? The only thing this family cares about is money, fame and money.

268 days ago
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bkblueknight    

'the kardashian marriage'

notice he didnt say khloe. shes insignificant. lamar got sucked into kris' black vortex. funniest thing is shes not even a kardashian..

268 days ago
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