Ric Bucher of ESPN tweeted Friday the following:
Lamar Odom, unprompted, told me he’d like to apologize to Mark Cuban and Mavs fans for not being himself. Felt it was beyond his power.
via Twitter / RicBucher: Lamar Odom, unprompted, told ….
So how did that go over, ESPN Dallas?
Asked about Odom’s apology Friday evening, Cuban declined comment.
via Is apology from Lamar Odom on the way? – Dallas Mavericks Blog – ESPN Dallas.
Odom’s trying to turn over a new leaf back in L.A. with the other team. He’s trying to get back on the good foot to fix his career, but what happened in Dallas will remain a fairly substantial black mark on his permanent record, so to speak. He abandoned his teammates, let the coaching staff down, and made Cuban and management look foolish for believing in him.
Oh, yeah, and the trade helped the Lakers land Steve Nash, who the Mavericks were interested in. So, no, I wouldn’t expect a Christmas card from the Cubans.
But the good news is that he has a chance to turn it all around with a strong performance for the Clippers and get back to where he was a vital contributor on a championship team. And at least he’s willing to own up to what happened. To a degree. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes, that last line about it being beyond his power isn’t going to go over well with some people, despite all the personal turmoil of the past two years for Odom.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.