DALLAS The rumor that the shattering point in Lamar Odom's relationship with the Dallas Mavericks came as a result of a fistfight with teammate Dirk Nowitzki is as preposterous as it is untrue (and it is untrue, a Mavs source telling FOXSportsSouthwest.com that the locker-room confrontation between the two men after Saturday's loss at Memphis was verbal and not physical).
So no, fists were not thrown. Given the peaceful nature of Nowitzki and the passive nature of Odom, it would be more likely that maybe some of those expensive fluffy towels provided by owner Mark Cuban were the only things tossed.
But the Mavs MVP leader was central to the morose Odom's dismissal from the team, a highly-unusual move executed at least in part in the hopes that a 6-10 ballast would be cut loose from the defending champs' wish to balloon its way up the Western Conference standings.
Did it work? Mavs 110, Kings 100 says it did.
As Cuban said hopefully before the game, "Addition by subtraction.''