After the longest year of his life, Lamar Odom is finally back in uniform and has signed with the New York Knicks.
Lamar Odom’s contract w/Knicks is a 2-year deal, per source. Second year is nonguaranteed.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) April 16, 2014
As one of the most beloved Lakers of the past decade, it is great to see Odom back on the court and playing for an organization that he grew up idolizing. Odom, who grew up in Jamaica, Queens, is finally playing back in NYC where his playing career began and he is playing for the man that propelled his career more than anyone else, Phil Jackson.
Jackson has been known to bring back players to his teams that may be at the tail end of their careers. Just think of the early 2000′s players that he brought aboard to be apart of his 3-peat Laker teams. Do names like Horace Grant and Ron Harper ring a bell? I don’t know if Jackson thinks Odom can be a role player on a Championship-caliber team; however, he is giving Lamar an opportunity to play in the NBA once again.
Odom has had his fair share of trials and tribulations these past two seasons. It all began when the Lakers traded him to the New Orleans Hornets in the Chris Paul trade that wasn’t to be (BASKETBALL REASONS!!!!!). Odom was so distraught over the fact that the Lakers would trade him that he asked for a trade and was eventually dealt to the Dallas Mavericks, where he failed to produce at all. He played one year with the Los Angeles Clippers where he again failed to produce. He looked out of shape and not in the right mind to play in the NBA. After the failure with the Clippers it looked like Odom’s career may be over when he was embroiled in multiple scandals, including one with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, and another involving drug use. We won’t get into that because, hopefully, it’s in the past.
The Knicks and Phil Jackson are offering Odom one last chance in the NBA and he is suited up tonight in the Knicks season finale. He was signed 45-minutes before the NBA season deadline to sign free agents. His deal is for 2-years and the second year is non-guaranteed. Let’s hope that Lamar gets back on the right track and ends his NBA career successfully with the Knicks.