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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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16.

static    

That family of grifters exploited Lamar's vulnerabilities used him Lamar is tormenting himself believing if he's a Laker they will love him again when the sad truth is they never loved him to begin with.

308 days ago
17.

TJ    

He has ceased to be "useful" to the K. sewer rat family.

308 days ago
18.

Livvie    

The only things that family cares about are money and attention.

308 days ago
19.

Harvey-SUX    

He could be replaced by 100 different men and no one would miss him

308 days ago
20.

Toilethead    

Good! Nobody in the world cares about him.

308 days ago
21.

backfire    

It's over for him whether he gets back with cameltoe or not.

308 days ago
22.

lee    

You lot of sicko devil people talk and write pure
crap, twisted mind bullies and haters retards

308 days ago
23.

Duke Steele    

Wouldn't we all be better of without the Douchebagian family?

308 days ago
24.

sister278    

..not only that, he is a DISTRACTION. All that "Kardashian" circus isn't good for the team.

308 days ago
25.

anya2u    

He would have been better off with any other family or none at all

307 days ago
26.

anya2u    

He got hit with the Kardashian kurse lol poor sucker

307 days ago
27.

anya2u    

Kanye is next ... he was nuts going into the family, he'll probably go batsheet crazy when it's his turn to be dumped !

307 days ago
28.

grandma beck    

GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE. WE HAVE TILL NOW ONLY HEARD SECOND HAND INFORMATION I HAVE NOT SEEN A CRACK PIPE / WHAT I HAVE SEEN IS A PROPAGANDA

307 days ago
29.

Mr. Pukey    

No team is going to EVER want you starting the day you decided to whore yourself out to the soulless krudassians. You now have way to much baggage and no teammate wants to constantly answer questions about your "other" life. Good choice O DAM

307 days ago
30.

Ginger    

He asked the Lakers to trade him! He got wind they were gonna trade him it fell thru and his ego got the best of him!! Lamar jumped ship!!! He's a big cry baby!!!

307 days ago
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