Lamar Odom: Addiction Unlike Any Other

Bare KnucksAnalyst IJune 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts alongside teammate Pau Gasol #16 in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The key to the Los Angeles Lakers success in the NBA Finals relies heavily on the contributions from one player in particular. We know Andrew Bynum will most likely be a non-factor if he keeps postseason trend, but Lamar Odom has got to be motivated and play at a consistent level if the Lakeshow wish to bring home the trophy.

Odom has tremendous talent. At 6’10” combined with his skill set, he can be a lethal player…if he wants to be. That’s the problem. It seems like Lamar is more concerned about what kind of candy treats he’s going to be consuming than he is about the game of basketball.

Seriously, this ‘addiction’ to candy is ridiculous! Munching down treats at halftime, spoiling himself with an array of tasty treats post game, waking up in the middle of the night to chew on a tootsie roll…the list goes on. Lamar definitely has a sweet tooth, and he undoubtedly satisfies it.

It’s one thing if he likes to munch on his "peachy sugarcoated rings" with no side effects, but when it starts to affect his play on the court, it becomes a problem. Dr. Daniel Amen said this about Odom’s addiction:

“I’ve been telling my patients for years that sugar acts like a drug in the brain. It causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired, irritable, foggy, and stupid. Eating too much sugar impairs cognitive function, which may explain why Odom doesn’t always make the smartest decisions on the court” (ESPN). [Read more...]