UPDATE: Thursday, March 1st, 6:10 p.m. EDT
If you were hoping to get a look at Lamar Odom in a professional basketball game this weekend, you will have to buy a ticket to the Texas Legends game this Saturday.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports Odom will be back in action, albeit in a D-League warm-up.
Lamar Odom latest: Sources tell ESPN that Odom likely to play one game (Saturday) for Mavs' D-League affiliate to "get his legs back"— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 1, 2012
UPDATE: Thursday, March 1st, 2:30 p.m. EDT
Marc Stein of ESPN reports Lamar Odom will be eased back into action after being given a leave of absence for a personal matter.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met in Dallas with Odom and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to work on a timetable that would ease Odom back after his week long personal leave, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
Stein reports that head coach Rick Carlisle may have an update later in the day on Thursday, but neither Odom nor his agent were available for comment.
He has shown very few flashes of the All-Star caliber player he was just last year, and he has failed to make much of an impact with the Dallas Mavericks.
It does not take a stretch of imagination to see that all of the drama of his season has affected his on-court play. And if that is the case then his lost season is going to continue.
There is just no other conclusion to reasonably draw in light of the recent developments.
Odom missed the Mavericks' last game, against the Lakers, and will miss at least the next two due to family issues.
Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com quotes Rick Carlisle on Odom's continued absence.
Lamar is going to not be with us these two games and then we'll update everybody Thursday as to where we're at. But he's got a tough situation he's going through. We're very supportive as a franchise and we'll let you know Thursday where we are.
Certainly, I hope everything works out okay for Lamar, and there is no doubt that family needs to take precedence over basketball.
But in terms of his on-court performances, Lamar's head just hasn't been it, and it isn't going to be.
Odom is putting up the fewest points, rebounds and assists per game of his career. All of these numbers are dramatically down from last season.
This is more than just a drop off in physical skills. This is the result of a player that can't get his heart into it.
Things have gotten to a point where Caplan points out that there were rumors that Odom was seeking a buyout of his contract. Mavs owner Mark Cuban denied that with the following quote, offered up by Caplan.
It hasn't been discussed and we wouldn't do it. We think Lamar can be a huge plus for us. ...Sometimes guys go through issues and we have to deal with them. We always try to support our guys.
Odom is definitely going through some issues. Hopefully he can work through them, but there is no reason to think that will happen anytime soon.