Ex-Laker Lamar Odom Wishes BIG3, Ice Cube Well After Release

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2019

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 22: Lamar Odom #45 of Enemies looks on during week one of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Little Caesars Arena on June 22, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Big3/Getty Images)
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Former NBA player Lamar Odom was deactivated from the BIG3 for the remainder of the season in July, though the former member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks said it's all water under the bridge.

"It's over," he told TMZ Sports. "I wish them well, all the success and blessings to Ice Cube and anybody that has anything to do with the BIG3... and I hope [my former team] the Enemies win."

Myron Medcalf of ESPN reported at the time that Odom was cut, alongside Jermaine O'Neal, Bonzi Wells and Baron Davis, for basketball reasons and not off-court concerns. A source told Medcalf that Odom wasn't "up to it from a competitive standpoint."

The BIG3 didn't give a specific reason for Odom's deactivation, citing in a statement only a desire to "maximize competition, protect the health of the players, and to raise the level of the professionalism of the Big3." 

Odom took to Instagram after that decision, expressing disappointment:

"I respect Ice Cube and the other league executives, however, I am extremely disappointed with the way that this has been handled. Besides the embarrassment, it's disappointing to read on Instagram that this decision had been made, especially without sharing it with myself or my manager. Only after I heard from the media, I was then told that the big boys cutting checks decided that they had to deactivate me with no real specific explanation. TMZ apparently did manage to get a clear answer from Ice Cube, 'my health was their concern.' I have been 100 percent transparent about my condition before signing the contract, but at that point it wasn't an issue."

The BIG3 told TMZ Sports they reached out to Odom's camp multiple times before his release went public.

Ice Cube also told TMZ Sports at the time that "as a league we want players that are actually playing" and that the league didn't have room for players who weren't playing or had health issues that kept them from playing.

Odom only played one game in the BIG3.


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