Originally posted on Lakerholicz.com  |  Last updated 8/29/13
Lamar Odom may be used to the “reality star” lifestyle by now, but this is definitely more than he bargained for. Odom’s name is everywhere right now, and all sorts of rumors are flying around. Because of this, his friends are worried about him: the likes of Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson and Pau Gasol have all tweeted about their concern for Lamar, yet Lakers’ management may have gone a step further. According to Radar Online, the Buss family are so worried about Odom’s wellbeing that they’ve offered him a roster spot – as long as he goes to rehab, that is: The Los Angeles Lakers have told troubled sixth-man Lamar Odom that if he goes to rehab — immediately — he’ll have a spot waiting for him on their roster once he checks out. Mitch Kupchak, the general manager of the Lakers, offered the sensational lifeline to 33-year-old Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, “because the organization and the Buss family are extremely concerned about him,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation, who spoke exclusively to RadarOnline.com. “The Lakers are a family and even though Lamar isn’t currently on their roster, that doesn’t matter, he’s a two-time championship Laker,” the insider said. “Lamar needs to go to rehab and he’s been told by the team that if he goes and completes treatment, there’ll be a spot for him.” I’m not sure what to make of this report; yes, the Lakers had interested in Odom this summer – and Mitch Kupchak even had a productive meeting with him in July – yet Lakers beat reporter Mark Medina heard earlier this week that the team no longer had interest in the former Sixth Man of the Year. As much as the Buss family want Lamar to get better, the Lakers are a business and it would seem strange for them to offer Odom a roster spot just to get him to go to rehab. On the flip side, maybe they always did have some remaining interest in LO and could kill two birds with one stone by making sure Lamar recovers from whatever he’s going through right now. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }
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