Charles Barkley says Lamar Odom had a difficult time adjusting to life in Dallas because he was suffering from a divorce.
Not a divorce from his reality TV star wife Khloe Kardashian but a divorce from his former NBA team.
During a local radio interview on Wednesday, the TNT NBA analyst and Hall of Fame player said Odom never reached his potential with the Mavericks because his feelings were still hurt from being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I think he just like mentally was like, 'Wow, they don't like me anymore,'" Barkley said on the Galloway and Company show on KESN-FM 103.3 in Dallas. "And I don't think he ever regrouped, or ever recovered."
But Barkley wasn't close to being done with discussing Odom after making those comments. Sir Charles was then asked about Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confronting Odom at halftime of a game on Saturday. Cuban reportedly asked Odom, "Are you in or are you out?"
"You know I love my man Cubes," Barkley said. "I'm surprised it took that long. The D League thing was, to me, a red flag. But that didn't wake him up. And I've got to tell you something. I always pull for my players. I always pull for the players. But the fact that they've got to pay him, I think is a joke. I mean because he didn't earn his salary. He didn't earn it at all.
"I like Lamar as a person, but I'm disappointed about everything that happened in Dallas. And it's a shame that the Mavs got to pay him, to be honest with you. He don't deserve to get paid for what he put out there this year. He doesn't deserve it, plain and simple."
And Barkley continued to voice his displeasure about the money Odom would make "to sit at home."
"I think it's a joke that he's gonna get paid for sitting at home for the next few months," Barkley said. "In the NBA we get paid every two weeks. So Lamar's making close to 10 million a year. So he's probably going to miss two paychecks. He's probably making 300,000 to 400,000 every two weeks. So, to sit at home and make that type of money, just really pisses me off, to be honest with you, but for the effort he put out there.
"He's going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars his next two paychecks that he looks like he's going to miss, and that's not fair to the Mavs, it's not fair to the game of basketball, and I'm just disappointed in Lamar."
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