Lamar Odom: When I arrived in Dallas, my first conversa…

Lamar Odom: When I arrived in Dallas, my first conversation with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fairly routine. “Lamar, we’re really excited to have you,” said Cuban. “You’re coming off a great year and will be a big part of what we do. I can’t wait to see you and Dirk [Nowitzki] on the court together.” It was really just jerk-you-off bullshit. I was as professional and cordial as I could possibly be, but I was already planning my escape. I simply did not want to be in Dallas. My mind was in such a funk, I knew I was never going to recover. I had to go about the normal routine of arriving in a new city despite the fact I was in a haze. Meet my new teammates. Greet season ticket holders. Learn the playbook. Find a place to live. Do interviews. On top of that, I had my obligation to Khloé & Lamar.
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September 18, 2019 | 8:25 pm EDT Update
On Wednesday, some members of the Pistons organization joined Henry Ford for the sports medicine center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Detroit Lions team owner Martha Ford, 94, the widow of William Clay Ford, was in attendance. (The Lions also use Henry Ford for their team’s doctors.). “Our move to Detroit would not have happened without our partnership with Henry Ford,” said Arn Tellem, vice chairman of the Pistons. “Our organizations have worked side by side to create one of the best developments in medicine and sports, not in the region, in the world. This is a true game-changer for our team, franchise and the community.”
September 18, 2019 | 7:05 pm EDT Update
Pacers coach Nate McMillan echoed Bitadze’s disappointment in missing Summer League, adding the rookie would’ve played if he was able to. “We tried to do everything we could to try to speed up that visa,” McMillan said. “As soon as we drafted him, we talked about it that night. To try to get it, put a rush on it and get it so he could get back and play. I would’ve loved to see him play in Vegas. It didn’t work out, but it was good to see him in some runs in the month of August and September.”
Standing all of 6-11, the 20-year-old hovered above the media scrum surrounding guard T.J. McConnell. Phone in hand, using his best reporter stance, Bitadze jokingly asked the fellow newcomer what he knew about his native Republic of Georgia. McConnell answered deadpan, “Not a thing,” before firing back at Bitadze to tell him what he knew about his hometown of Pittsburgh. “Uh, nothing,” Bitadze said with a sly smile, drawing laughs from the reporters in attendance.