Welp, that was fast. Lamar Odom’s stint with a Spanish basketball team has come to an end due to injury. US Weekly reported that LO traveled from Spain to New York last week to be evaluated. The injury is significant enough that Lamar won’t be returning to Baskonia (known as Laboral Kutxa) after playing in just two games.
“The tests carried out in New York by Lamar Odom’s trusted medical team, with the knowledge of the club, have shown that the player is suffering from lumbar radiculitis, which could keep him out of action for up to two months,” a spokesman for Laboral Kutxa tells Us in a statement. “The player therefore terminates his current contractual relationship with the club. The north American pivot will complete his recovery in the United States.” (Lumbar Radiculitis is a painful spinal injury that causes lower back pain.)
“Baskonia hopes Lamar Odom’s recuperation process goes well and it leaves open the possibility of renewing its relationship with the player once his injury has healed,” the statement continues. “Baskonia would like to thank the player’s involvement during the time he has been in Vitoria and leaves open the possibility of renewing the relationship depending on how his injury evolves in the coming months.”
“I’m very grateful for the understanding,” Odom said in a taped interview with a team rep. “Not only the people of the Baskonia basketball organization, but the people — who’ve shown an appreciation for me and not just a basketball player. It goes so far from beyond the basketball court. I would like to thank you for the continued support.”
Looks like Lamar is starring down the end of his basketball career. At 34 years old, it’s probably time to start looking at the next phase of his professional development.