Lamar Odom charged with DUI, court date set in two weeks

Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom was charged Friday for driving under the influence. Credit: John McCoy/Staff Photographer

Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom was charged Friday for driving under the influence. Credit: John McCoy/Staff Photographer

Read more here about all the details surrounding Lamar Odom’s upcoming court case stemmed from his arrest Aug. 30 for driving under the influence.

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Pau Gasol reiterates support for Lamar Odom

Lakers forward Pau Gasol reiterated support for former teammate Lamar Odom, who was arrested last week on DUI suspicion and has reportedly struggled with drug abuse.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol reiterated support for former teammate Lamar Odom, who was arrested last week on DUI suspicion and has reportedly struggled with drug abuse.

There’s a lot weighing on Pau Gasol’s mind, and it goes beyond the rehab surrounding his knees. It also goes beyond Gasol’s upcoming preparation tomorrow when he meets with the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina to make his pitch that his native Spain should host the 2020 Olympic Games in Madrid.

This involves something far more important than basketball. This involves Lamar Odom, who was arrested last week on DUI suspicion and has reportedly struggled with drug addiction.

“I wish that he’s well and if the rumors are true that he recovers because I have great love for Lamar,” Gasol told reporters in Buenos Aires. “He’s a great guy and going through a tough moment.”
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Lamar Odom reportedly checks into rehab

Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom reportedly checked into a rehabilitation center. John McCoy/Staff Photographer

Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom reportedly checked into a rehabilitation center. John McCoy/Staff Photographer

After continuously struggling with drug addiction, former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom has checked himself into a rehabilitation center, according to a report by People.com.

Police arrested Odom Friday morning on the suspicion of driving under the influence after California Highway Patrol officers saw him moving erratically on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. CHP spokesman Officer Leland Tang said the 33-year-old Odom was driving well under the speed limit at just 50 mph in a 65 mph zone before he was pulled over at 3:25 a.m. Odom also will have a suspended license after failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take a blood test or breathalyzer. Odom is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27. Odom’s arrest coincided with a week-long flurry of reports on his apparent addiction to crack cocaine.

Odom’s publicity team and agent, Jeff Schwartz, haven’t responded to numerous requests for comment.
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Lamar Odom could face consequences from NBA anti-drug program

Former Clippers forward Lamar Odom Odom will be required to submit to a mandatory evaluation by the director of the NBA's anti-drug program if the veteran free agent receive a conviction for driving under the influence, according to terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Former Clippers forward Lamar Odom Odom will be required to submit to a mandatory evaluation by the director of the NBA’s anti-drug program if the veteran free agent receive a conviction for driving under the influence, according to terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Lamar Odom’s problems may be just beginning.

Odom will be required to submit to a mandatory evaluation by the director of the NBA’s anti-drug program if the veteran free agent receive a conviction for driving under the influence, according to terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Police arrested him Friday morning on the suspicion of driving under the influence after California Highway Patrol officers saw him moving erratically on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. CHP spokesman Officer Leland Tang said the 33-year-old Odom was driving well under the speed limit at just 50 mph in a 65 mph zone before he was pulled over at 3:25 a.m. Odom also will have a suspended license after failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take a blood test or breathalyzer. Odom is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27.

Odom’s arrest coincided with a week-long flurry of reports on his apparent addiction to crack cocaine. Under the NBA’s labor deal, Odom could receive treatment for drug addiction if he voluntarily admits using should he receive an invitation to play for an NBA team during training camp. The NBA immediately disqualifies any player that tests positive for any drugs except for marijuana. In 2001, Odom admitted as a Clipper using marijuana after the NBA suspended him for violating its anti-drug program twice in eight months.

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Dennis Rodman befuddled by Lamar Odom’s behavior

In a sign that suggests he may have hit rock bottom, Lamar Odom has Dennis Rodman of all people questioning his recent behavior.

Yes, the NBA Hall of Famer that sparked attention for his colorful hairdos, head-butting a referee and dressing up like a woman has raised his eyebrows at Odom for suffering reported drug addiction and marital problems with reality television star Khloe Kardashian. Odom was also arrested Friday morning for suspicion of DUI and will have a suspended license for failing several field sobriety tests.

“I just don’t understand when you have so much money that you’re that bored that you really have to go to that extreme,” Rodman said in a video interview with Huffington Post Live. “The sad thing about it is the fact that he’s not a bad guy. He used to come to my restaurants, clubs in Newport Beach a lot. He’s a good guy.”

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Lamar Odom arrested for DUI suspicion in Studio City

Former Clippers forward Lamar Odom was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence early Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, after a CHP officer saw his white Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a San Fernando Valley freeway. The CHP says Odom, 33, was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Former Clippers forward Lamar Odom was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence early Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, after a CHP officer saw his white Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a San Fernando Valley freeway. The CHP says Odom, 33, was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

As Los Angeles Daily News police reporter Kelly Goff reported, former Clippers forward Lamar Odom was arrested early Friday morning for DUI suspicion after California Highway Patrol officers saw him moving erratically on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks.

Goff talked to CHP spokesman Officer Leland Tang, who said the 33-year-old Odom was driving well under the speed limit at just 50 mph in a 65 mph zone before he was pulled over at 3:25 a.m. Odom also will have a suspended license after failing several field sobriety tests and refusing to take a blood test or breathalyzer.
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Clippers don’t plan to add Lamar Odom to roster

The Clippers don't plan to add Lamar Odom to their roster, according to a league source familiar with the team's thought process. Credit: (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Clippers don’t plan to add Lamar Odom to their roster, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thought process. Credit: (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

This hardly seems to be the episode Lamar Odom wants aired out on reality television.

Amid reports that Odom has suffered from drug addiction, it appears fewer and fewer teams are interested in his services. After planning to officially sign veteran forward Antawn Jamison Wednesday at the veteran’s minimum worth $1.4 million, the Clippers no longer are interested in resigning Odom, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thought process.

Once Jamison’s signing becomes official, the Clippers will have 14 players under contract, one player shy of the NBA’s imposed maximum number of players allowed on a roster. But the Clippers plan to fill out the last roster spot at some point during training camp, which begins in late September, according to a source. The Clippers would welcome Odom to training camp, though it remains unclear if he’d be interested in just that. Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, hasn’t responded to numerous requests for comment regarding his client in recent days.

The Clippers had wanted to retain Odom at the veteran’s minimum despite spending the first half of the season out of shape and averaging four points on 39.9 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds. Those numbers marked his lowest statistical output in his 14-year NBA career. But the Clippers’ sentiments quickly changed amid reports of Odom’s drug problems and after agreeing to terms Monday with Jamison.

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Antawn Jamison to play for Clippers next season

For the second consecutive season, Antawn Jamison will play one season for the veteran’s minimum in hopes of winning his first NBA championship.

There’s one key difference, though. Jamison won’t do that with the Lakers again, instead choosing their crosstown rivals, the Clippers, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Clippers have said they’re interested in adding both Jamison and retaining Lamar Odom, according to a league source familiar with the situation. But the source added it’s currently unclear to what degree the details surrounding Odom’s alleged drug addiction will affect his future with the team.
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