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Back injury ends Odom’s season in Spain

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Forward Lamar Odom’s season in Spain was cut short by a back injury.

The Spanish team, Baskonia, said Saturday that Odom’s personal doctors in New York ruled him unfit to play for two months, putting an end to his present contract, according to the Associated Press.

Odom, who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed a two-month contract with the Basque club in February.

Odom thanked the team’s fans on Baskonia’s website.

“I am going to try and get back on the court and give you guys a show,” he wrote.

Odom, 34, scored just two points in 23 minutes over two games for the club.

“Lamar Odom as an athlete, he is a little embarrassed,” Odom said. “But, at the same time, I am proud to be able to say that I am hurt and that I have a team that understands that I am injured and they are still supportive. That means a lot.”

The team said it would “leave the door open” to re-sign Odom when he is healthy enough to play.

Odom averaged a career-low 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 2012-13 with the Los Angeles Clippers and no NBA teams signed him this season.

Odom was arrested for drunken driving last summer and got divorced from his reality TV star wife, Khloe Kardashian, in December.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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