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.
He WAS With Khloe
But They're NOT Back Together
10/29/2013 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We've just confirmed ... Lamar Odom WAS with Khloe Kardashian last night at Kanye West's concert ... but sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... she is NOT reconciling with him.
We're told the reason Lamar was invited ... he's been clean and sober for several weeks and the Kardashians are "supporting his recovery and wanted him to have a good time."
Lamar showed up by himself, but joined Khloe inside Staples for the concert. We've also confirmed Bruce Jenner was also there. Kris Jenner was there as well, and she hung out with Bruce -- but again, they're not back together either.
Bruce brought his sons, Brody and Brandon.
We're told Kim engineered the family reunion.
Lamar and Khloe
For a While
10/29/2013 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The plot thickens with Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian ... they both showed up at Kanye West's concert in Downtown L.A. Monday night ... but just how close they were is up for debate.
We got this pic of Lamar showing up -- ALONE -- at the back of Staples Center. We also got far off shots inside the venue of Kylie waving to someone.
And there's this. Khloe tweeted a pic of the stage and wrote, "Yeezus."
There are multiple people who were tweeting they saw the whole Klan together at the concert -- including Khloe, Lamar and even Bruce.
Here's the weird part ... we can't find any pics of Lamar and Khloe side-by-side. Nevertheless, multiple people say they saw them together.
The Photog Had It Coming
10/28/2013 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom just fired back at the paparazzo who sued him for assault ... claiming the whole allegation is B.S.
Lamar claims the photog -- Stefan Saad "provoked [Lamar's] unlawful and wrongful conduct."
TMZ obtained the answer Lamar just filed -- courtesy of his lawyer, Shawn Holley -- and he says it would be unjust for Saad to get a penny from him.
The incident that triggered the lawsuit occurred on July 10, when Lamar confronted Saad who was questioning him about having an alleged affair. Lamar took the photog's equipment from his car and threw it into his own car. Lamar drove a few blocks and then tossed the equipment into the street.
Dedicates Song to Kim at Vegas Concert
10/28/2013 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An engagement doesn't get more official than this -- Kanye West dedicated his last song to his new fiancee Kim Kardashian during his Vegas concert on Friday ... and it was romantic as hell.
Kanye was performing at MGM at the time when he launched into his love song "Bound 2" -- but not before calling out Kim in the crowd, saying, "To my fiancee in the building tonight!" FYI, it was Kim's b-day earlier in the week and the couple celebrated together later that night.
It's a great moment ... and to make it even more perfect, the song's got some heart-melting lyrics, like, "One good girl is worth a thousand bitches" and "Maybe we could still make it to the church steps." And "I want to f*** you hard on the sink."
Okay, maybe not that last one.
Phony Paternity Case Is A Money Grab
Says KK's Lawyer
10/28/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourtney Kardashian is telling the man claiming to be the father of her child to stop extorting her and to shut the f**k up and go away ... or else.
Kourtney's lawyer, Shawn Holley, pulled out a can of whoop ass on Michael Girgenti -- the guy who claims to be the father of her 3-year-old son Mason. Holley fired off a cease and desist letter to Girgenti, making it clear ... Scott Disick is the baby daddy, and he has a DNA test to prove it.
Holley says in her letter -- obtained by TMZ -- that Girgenti had the audacity to tell Kourtney he'd back off his claim IF she paid him some loot. To that Holley threatened that she'd ask the judge to make HIM pay for the alleged extortion.
Holley also says Girgenti knows full well he's not the father, because he flunked a polygraph.
Bruce Will Walk Her Down the Aisle
10/26/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner will walk Kim Kardashian down the aisle at a lavish wedding, formally presenting her to future hubby Kanye West ... TMZ has learned.
Kim considers Bruce to be her dad, and she always planned on having him give her away ... just like he did when she married Kris Humphries.
Sources tell us as far as Kim is concerned ... it doesn't matter what Bruce's relationship is with Kris ... she would never consider excluding Bruce from such a position of honor.
So let's review the irony. As TMZ first reported ... Bruce was not invited to the surprise engagement -- it's still unclear whether Kanye or Kris made that decision -- although it seems like it was Kris.
The walk will be sooner rather than later. As we reported ... Kim and Kanye plan to tie the knot soon.
Kim and Kanye
We Want Prenup!
10/25/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have already agreed ... they will keep their assets separate by drawing up a prenup before they tie the knot ... TMZ has learned.
Multiple sources connected with the couple tell us ... both Kanye and Kim are committed to the marriage and they are NOT signing a prenup because they're worried the relationship might fall apart. But they're both business people and know given their vast wealth it's just the smart thing to do to have a prenup.
Kim especially understands the importance of a prenup because her late father, attorney Robert Kardashian, told her over and over about the necessity of having clear contracts when it came to money.
We're also told ... even though they will keep their assets separate, they will have a fat joint account for living expenses that will probably approach the gross national product of a small country.
As for how much they have ... some reports place Kim's wealth at $40 mil and Kanye's at $90 mil. But we're told Kim's actually worth more than Kanye.
Kim And Kanye
MADNESS IN BEV HILLS
We're Commandeering This SUV!!!
10/25/2013 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took over a waiting SUV outside Spago in Beverly Hills last night -- problem was, the car wasn't waiting there for them.
The newly engaged couple was leaving a fundraiser for Wolfgang Puck's, "Dream For Future Africa Foundation" when they were bombarded by paparazzi.
A Bev Hills police officer stepped in and tried to help get the couple to the first SUV they saw ... but after loading into the ride, they realized it was the wrong car.
K and K tried to hide out in the back while people scrambled to call for the right SUV -- and after a couple of intense minutes, they made the transfer.
Gotta hand it to Kanye ... 'cause while the situation was nothing short of insane, he kept his composure the entire time and didn't snap at anyone.
To Kanye's Engagement Surprise
10/24/2013 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner was NOT invited to AT&T Park when Kanye West popped the question to Kim Kardashian ... in fact, he had no idea his step-daughter was getting engaged until AFTER the fact -- TMZ has learned.
Family sources tell us ... Bruce and Kanye have never had a "real conversation." As we previously reported, Bruce was not happy when Kim hooked up with Kanye so quickly after she left Kris Humphries.
We're told Kanye is the one who planned every detail of the surprise proposal. We do not know exactly why Bruce was not invited -- whether it was because of Kanye or because of Bruce's separation from Kris.
We do know ... Bruce didn't even know Kanye was popping the question until he got a call from Kim immediately after she got engaged. We're told Bruce was Kim's first call, because Kim considers him to be her father.
Kim and Kanye
In a Big Hurry to Get Married!
10/24/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will not have a long engagement -- sources close to the couple tell TMZ the engagement will be very short and the wedding will happen quickly.
We're told it's Kanye more than Kim that wants the wedding to happen STAT.
As for what kind of wedding ... we're told it's going to be "a blow out."
But Kim and Kanye aren't all smiles. Our sources say they are PISSED OFF that someone present at AT&T Park secretly taped the proposal and leaked it. The couple thinks they know who did it, and that person signed a confidentiality agreement. We're told a lawsuit is imminent.
BTW ... North West was at the ballpark.
Her Engagement Surprise
10/24/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim & Kanye
First Video Of The PROPOSAL
10/23/2013 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... the video of Kanye West begging Kim Kardashian in the most grandiose way possible to become his lawful wedded wife.
Kanye and Kim were planted on the infield at AT&T Park in San Francisco Monday night when he got down on his knee and popped the question, while an orchestra played in the background.
The hug that ensues tells the story ... Kim said yes, she got a 15-carat diamond ring and they went off into the sunset and drank a lot.