Lamar Odom’s twisting path from NBA champions with the Lakers to tabloid target along with reality TV star wife Khloe Kardashian has brought him, for now, to the New York Knicks.
Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached Odom on two Los Angeles Lakers title-winning teams in 2009 and 2010, announced on Wednesday that the team has signed the veteran forward for the remainder of the season.
Although Wednesday was the last day of regular-season games, the move gives the Knicks a chance to see Odom work out and assess his fitness before possibly committing to him for the 2014-15 campaign.
Odom’s foray into European basketball was cut short this year by a back injury. He played just two games for Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, logging 23 minutes and scoring two points before the injury sidelined him.
Odom last played in the NBA in 2012-13 with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In August of 2013, Odom – the subject of a rash of news stories about alleged drug use and troubles in his marriage to Kardashian – was arrested for drink driving.
He was sentenced in December to three years’ probation and three months of treatment for alcohol abuse.
ESPN广西桑拿, reported that Jackson was the driving force behind the Knicks’ acquisition of Odom, who is from the New York borough of Queens.
In addition to earning two NBA titles under Jackson’s guidance, Odom was the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year as the league’s top reserve while with the Lakers.
He was on the bronze medal-winning US Olympic team in Athens and was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2000.