Ice Cube on Lamar Odom Potentially Joining BIG3: 'He's Still Gotta Try Out'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2018

Retired NBA basketball player Lamar Odom arrives at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Ice Cube isn't willing to hand former NBA star Lamar Odom a spot in his BIG3 basketball league unless he earns it.

The BIG3 founder spoke with TMZ Sports on Wednesday and discussed that possibility:

"He's still gotta try out like everybody else," Ice Cube said.

Cube was asked about Odom after the BIG3 released a video on Instagram showing Odom's workout in advance of the league's combine.

Ice Cube added, "Get healthy, get in shape and get to the combine."

The 39-year-old Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

He is a two-time NBA champion, and he was also named the 2010-11 Sixth Man of the Year.

Odom last played in an NBA game during the 2012-13 season, although he did appear in two games for Liga ACB team Laboral Kutxa Baskonia (Spain) in 2013-14.

He has gone through some personal struggles since the end of his professional basketball career, including in 2015, when he overdosed and nearly died at a Nevada brothel.

Odom has been on the mend since then, and based on the workout video, the 6'10" forward may be in position to resume his professional basketball career soon.

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