Barkley: Odom Doesn’t Deserve to Be Paid

by | April 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM | NBA, Sports

Lamar Odom (LM Otero/AP)

To hear the former ‘Round Mound’ tell it, the Dallas Mavericks shouldn’t reward Lamar Odom for his ghost-like play. The former Laker stiffed the defending champions with his career-worst efforts, and Chuck thinks Dallas should return the favor with blank checks.

Barkley believes Odom never got over his departure from the L.A. Lakers, something Khloe Kardashian supporters might agree on, and that Odom carried a crabby attitude down to Dallas and exhibited play unbecoming of a 13-year professional, something everyone can agree on.

Chuck, however, didn’t word it so politely during his Wednesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3′s Galloway & Co.:

“I like Lamar as a person, but I’m disappointed about everything that happened in Dallas. And it’s a shame that the Mavs got to pay him, to be honest with you, because he doesn’t deserve to get paid for what he put out there this year. He doesn’t deserve it, plain and simple.

“To sit at home and make that kind of money really pisses me off, to be honest with you, for the effort that he put out there,” Barkley said. “He’s going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars these next two paychecks. … That’s not fair to the Mavs. It’s not fair to the game of basketball.

“I’m just disappointed in Lamar.”

Odom’s overall lack of wherewithal on the court finally boiled over on Saturday when he and owner Mark Cuban crossed paths during halftime of the team’s 94-89 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. After four uninspired minutes of play, Cuban asked Odom if he was “in or out.” Apparently Odom was out, and on Sunday the Mavericks severed ties and closed the book on a deal they admittedly lost money on.

Dallas is on the hook for the remainder of Odom’s salary. Odom, who many believe will slink back to L.A., will receive nearly $1 million for the rest of the season and is due a reported $2.4 million buyout payment this June.

Cuban called Odom a “very talented basketball player,” but acknowledged that neither party could make things work in the end.

“You can kind of tell sometimes when a guy’s not focused and ready to play,” Cuban said. “If you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.

“Did I get my money’s worth [out of Lamar]? No,” he mused. “I don’t know if the word’s cheated, but did I get my money’s worth? No.”

The good news? The Mavs are 1-0 since Odom.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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