Lamar Odom told Oprah Winfrey that the reality TV show which he has with his wife did not affect his performance with the Dallas Mavericks this past season.
The Mavs acquired Odom from the Los Angeles Lakers last December in hopes that he would be a key figure in their quest to capture back-to-back NBA titles. Odom, however, had one of the worst seasons of his 13-year career and was eventually placed on the inactive list on April 9.
In an up-and-down year with the Mavs this past season, Odom averaged career lows in scoring (6.6 points), rebounding (4.2 rebounds), assists (1.7 assists), minutes played (20.5 per game), field goal shooting (35.2 percent) and free throw accuracy (59.2 percent).
Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, filmed part of their reality TV show, Khloe & Lamar, during this past NBA season. Cameras and workers from the show were frequently in the locker room before and after Mavs' games -- even as Odom's game was in a downward spiral.
But on Oprah's Next Chapter, which aired Sunday night, Odom said the reality TV show wasn't a distraction and had no effect on his poor performance with the Mavs.
"I think this past year I didn't perform on a level that I wanted to perform as far as being a professional basketball player,'' Odom said. "And so I think I have to reprove myself.''
Odom is slated to make $8.2 million next season, but the Mavs can buy him out of the contract by Friday for $2.4 million.
Khloe Kardashian said of her husband: "This year was a very tough year for his career -- but just in general -- if there were cameras there (in the locker room) or not.''
-- Dwain Price
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