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Will A Stint In The Spanish League Convince NBA Teams To Take A Chance On Lamar Odom?

Submitted by on February 19, 2014 – 10:14 amNo Comment

Former NBA star Lamar Odom really wants to get back into the NBA. In fact, he wants to get back into the NBA so badly that he’s taking a pretty drastic step—and a pretty drastic detour in his career—in order to try and get back there.

So what is the former Lakers and Clippers player doing to try and get back into the league? Well, he’s going to head overseas and take part in some games in the Spanish League in order to prove that he’s still got some life left in his legs. He just signed a deal with the Spanish League club Baskonia and is going to spend the next two months playing with them. He might make his debut as early as this Saturday in a game against Valladolid. And Baskonia sounds like they’re happy to have Odom on their side, even though they haven’t had a very good season thus far.

“We’re very happy to have signed a very important player who has had a long and fruitful career in the NBA,” Baskonia president Josean Querejeta said earlier this week. “We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of days to make this happen, we felt we needed a boost and had to break the collective cloud that has been hanging over us over the last while so we could get back to winning.”

We’re not going to lie: We don’t know much about Baskonia or Valladolid or the Spanish League. And we certainly hope that Baskonia isn’t banking on Odom being some sort of saving grace. But we do know that Odom appears to be angling for a trip back to the NBA sometime in the near future. This trip to Spain seems to indicate that he’s ready to get back to playing basketball.

The problem is that Odom playing with Baskonia is not going to guarantee him a slot in the NBA. If he plays really well and surprises people by bouncing back from all the adversity he’s faced over the course of the last year, then there might be some interest in him. But if not, this trip to play for Baskonia could be a sign that his NBA career is done for good. Either way, it’s great to see him getting his life back in order. We just hope that Odom and his fans don’t get their hopes up too high in the coming weeks.

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