Lamar Odom finds himself on the unemployment line again. According to E! News, the beleaguered NBA player was released from the New York Knicks on Friday.
The East Coast team’s president, Phil Jackson, announced in a statement late last week, “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player. We found it necessary to free up the roster spot.”
The athlete was originally signed by the team on April 16 to a two-year contract. The signing happened on the last day of the regular season for 2013-14. His second year was not guaranteed because Odom was required to show NBA-readiness to appear on the team roster.
Jackson was very familiar with the troubled star’s work because he coached Odom for five seasons when they were both a part of the Los Angeles Lakers organization. The athlete’s last appearance in the NBA was in 2012-13 season when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers. He also had a short stint with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season that did not go very well.
At the time of his departure from Dallas, he told ESPN, “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
After his season with the Clippers, his troubles overwhelmed his career. He was reportedly dealing with substance-abuse issues while cheating on his wife, Khloé Kardashian. He was eventually arrested on a DUI charge.
Kardashian and Odom sold their home after she filed for divorce in December 2013. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband Ryan Sweeting bought the reality stars’ home. Kardashian has moved on to boyfriend French Montana and Odom is stuck looking for a job.