Lamar Odom’s return to competitive basketball has been halted.
The BIG3 “deactivated” Odom on Wednesday as part of an extensive on- and off-court shakeup within the 3-on-3 league.
“Such changes are being implemented to maximize competition, protect the health of players, and to raise the level of professionalism of the Big3,” the league said in a statement.
Sources told TMZ.com that Odom wasn’t in sufficient playing shape and was worried about not being able to keep up on the court. He registered two points and four rebounds during his three-week stint in the BIG3, a league showcasing former NBA players.
The fact he was even able to play at all was noteworthy; he almost died in 2015 after a drug overdose at a Nevada brothel. He returned to the court in February for a tournament in Dubai.
Odom reportedly was looking to play in China later this year after tuning up in the BIG3. It’s not known how his exit from the league will affect that plan.
The two-tim NBA champion was not the only player let go by the BIG3 on Wednesday. Baron Davis, Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells were also deactivated.
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