In today’s lead NBA news item, the situation surrounding troubled free agent forward is far from clear. There have been conflicting reports for the past 24 hours.
Lamar Odom is missing yet again
According to the Los Angeles Times, Odom is receiving treatment for issues related to his recent arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence but he has not entered a rehabilitation facility, according to a two people close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
People.com reported Wednesday night that Lamar Odom had checked himself into a drug rehabilitation facility. Although now we are finding out that that may have been a farce, as TMZ is reporting that Odom has NOT checked into rehab and has instead “gone off the radar” with the Kardashian family.
Wow, yet another twist in a saga that keeps getting stranger.
Odom, who will be 34 in November, was arrested last Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence. Reports say that the former two-time champion failed to perform a field sobriety test, and showed “objective signs of intoxication” according to the California Highway Patrol.
You can certainly say this has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Odom; this all coming on the heels of a TMZ report last week that Odom had been missing for over seventy-two hours while on some sort of drug binge, although his agent later refuted this report.
This is not the first time in Odom’s life that he has been linked with drugs. In 2001 while playing for the Clippers, he violated the NBA’s substance abuse policy twice in eight months. In 2003 admitted to using marijuana.
These actions certainly do not come as a surprise to some people, as Odom had to endure a very rough childhood. He lost his mother at the age of 12 due to colon cancer, and his father struggled with a heroin addiction for most of his life. Those aren’t exactly ideal situations to have to cope with as a young boy.
Through all of this Odom has had a very prosperous NBA career; he’s won two championships as a member of the Lakers, and has even won the sixth-man of the year award in 2011. He is currently a free-agent, and before this recent string of events had occurred, he was being scouted by both Los Angeles teams. One can only hope he can get over his troubles and make his way back to the NBA.
Channing Frye cleared after heart problems
Nearly after one year of being diagnosed with an “enlarged heart” Channing Frye has been cleared by multiple doctors to resume basketball activities. In medical terms, Frye had what is called dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body. This disease came without a timetable for recovery, thus putting Frye’s career in serious jeopardy.
“Right now I’m excited, but still patient in giving the Suns the information and letting their people go through it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m 100% healthy for any professional athlete. Right now I think it’s just, let [the Suns] assess the information and go from there.” Frye told a podcast Tuesday.
The former Phoenix Sun hasn’t played an NBA game since April 21, 2012 and will come back this season to a new head coach and general manager.
Knicks’ Tyler to Miss up to 10 Weeks
Knicks forward Jeremy Tyler had surgery today to repair a stress fracture of his right fifth metatarsal. Recovery time is expected to be approximately 8-10 weeks. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Knicks announced.
Tyler, 6’10″, had played on the Knicks Summer League team in Las Vegas and was solid — 12.8 points shooting 56.3 percent, plus pulling down 6.4 rebounds a game. Before that he played with the Warriors and Hawks. You may remember Tyler as the promising San Diego player who shunned college and after his junior year went to play overseas —Maccabi Haifa (Israel) and Tokyo Apache (Japan). He was drafted in the second round, but the only time he has seen extended action was a couple seasons ago with the Warriors.
Wall buys mansion outside D.C.
The Potomac home has eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a full sized basketball court, something first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com. The Post has a few details.
“The two-acre estate has all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect for A-list athletes: Six-car garage, home theater, pool, hot tub with waterfall, outdoor grill and cabana, fitness room, steam room, tennis court, putting green, volleyball court and — in case he wants to bring his work home — an indoor basketball court.”