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New York Knicks Waive Lamar Odom, Re-Sign Cole Aldrich

July 11th, 2014 at 11:42 PM
By Matt Agne

Well that little experiment didn't last long. Lamar Odom was once a very skilled basketball player. It wasn't long ago that he was the Sixth Man of the Year. However, reality television took its tole on Odom and instead of concentrating on basketball he cheated on his wife, get divorced and fell out of favor in NBA circles. That didn't stop Phil Jackson from giving him another chance. Apparently that was a short leash as he was waived by the New York Knicks just after the start of free agency.

'Nick Young, Lamar Odom' photo (c) 2010, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Friday, the New York Knicks announced the decision to waive veteran forward Lamar Odom. This was Odom's chance to re-claim his career and play in a big market. However, he couldn't live up to the promises he made to friend and mentor Phil Jackson.

The Knicks signed Odom thinking he'd be a cheap addition with tremendous skills who could help the organization transition to the triangle offense. For Odom, it was a chance at redemption.

The new Knicks' President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson was taking a calculated risk he knew could have a high reward. As it turns out, the payout never happened. However, the risk was very small and the Knicks were able to waive Odom without any real financial repercussions. 

Odom was once one of the best basketball players in the world. He had the dribbling skills of a guard, the height of a center and could guard all five positions. However, he followed his father down the path of drugs and his life hasn't been the same since.

Many were rooting for Odom, hoping he could re-gain his focus. However, after being waived by the Knicks his days as an NBA player may very well be over.

Along with the announcement that the team had decided to waive Odom, the Knicks also announced that they've re-signed center Cole Aldrich. He's another redemption player. However, he's made good on his chance with New York and it seems he may be able to hold onto a roster spot despite the regime change within the Knicks organization.

'Sketchy Aldrich (especially 'ch')' photo (c) 2008, Marcin Wichary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tags: Basketball, Cole Aldrich, Lamar Odom, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson

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