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Lamar Odom

I Don't Want CRACK to Be My Legacy

11/20/2013 10:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lamar Odom tells TMZ Sports ... he knows his drug issues have significantly damaged his legacy and he's determined to come back to the NBA so he can be remembered as a champion.

Odom was out in Rhode Island today -- where he's been working out with NBA training guru Rob McClanaghan -- and L.O. couldn't have been more candid about his situation.

"Basketball's a big part of my life and I guess it's all about legacy. I haven't played up to my expectations the last couple of seasons so it's just time to like ... end it right."

Odom also acknowledges "something that happened this summer" that took his focus away from basketball. He doesn't go into detail about what that "something" was, but we know Lamar was struggling with a serious crack addiction.

As for which team Odom plans to join, he says he's got options -- and says he misspoke when he recently hinted he had a deal with the Clippers in place. Odom does say the team has shown "great interest."

One thing is clear -- Lamar wants one last shot to redeem himself on the court before he hangs 'em up for good. Question is ... who's willing to take the risk?

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texangirl64    

Finally a decent interview with Lamar without dumb questions.. Good luck Lamar :-)

301 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Lamar nice to see you putting all the crap and BS behind ya buckling down like we know you can and get back to it. Hell I don't even watch basket ball but want him to do good because hes a cool dude. Wish you the Best

301 days ago
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mib    

lamar is a great player and i think is more motivated now then ever, so when he gets back in the NBA HE WILL DO GREAT AND MAKE UP FOR LAST 2 SEASONS...CLIPPERS,KNICKS,MIAMI ALL 3 GREAT TEMAS CITIES AND NEED A BIG MAN LIKE LAMAR

301 days ago
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mib    

Lamar Odom will be the player he was the 1st 12 years of his NBA career, scoring 15 points a game grabbing 8 boards dishing out 3 assists be a leader in locker room, OBV this summer was unfortunate but he got thru it and will be back in NBA soon and this summer will all be forgotten, REMEMBER LAMAR IS A 2 TIME CHAMPION 14 YEAR VET won 6th man award and has been loved by all fans coach's teammates.This being 15th season in NBA is a solid career and has atleast 2 more after this year, so he could retire now and have descent legacy but after the summer he had it best get back i NBA N PLAY HARD N WILL LEAD TO PLAYNG LIKE THE LAMAR WE ALL LOVE AD NKNEW AS A BiG NAME PLAYER SINCE HE WAS AT RHODE ISLAND..SO GOING ON 16 YEARS KNOWING OF LAMAR {COLLEGE AND NBA]AND BEEN A GREAT DUDE....LAMAR I'M UR BIGGEST FAN AND BEEN ROOTING FOR U SINCE RHODE ISLAND, HOPE U SIGN WITH LA CLIPPERS BUT WHEREVER U GO I WILL BE AT A GAME ROOTING U ON LIKE I HAVE FOR 16 YEARS ATLEAST 1 GAME A YEAR I GO TO JUST SEE MY IDOL PLAY BASKETBALL IN PERSON! MUCH RESPECT FOR U BRO!

301 days ago

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