Can't say we didn't see this coming. After getting unceremoniously swept out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, the Dallas Mavericks—as a team—voted not to give Lamar Odom a $20,000 playoff share that he earned by still being "on" the Mavs roster when they entered the playoffs. We say "on" because, technically, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year was still listed on the team's roster, but he was made inactive for the remainder of the season early last month after last year's NBA champions decided to part ways with him due to his on-court struggles. So, his teammates voted not to give him a share of their playoff money, because…well, because he didn't play in the playoffs and because he was one of the reasons the Mavs had trouble repeating as champs this year.
"If the Lamar thing would have worked out and if he would have played like the year before when he was the best sixth man, I think we would have had a shot," Dirk Nowitzki said Sunday as the Mavericks cleaned out their lockers for the final time this season. "It would have given us another playmaker, another guy that's long, that can defend and rebound. But, for whatever reason, the stuff he was going through off the court was just too much. He couldn't help us the way he wanted, the way we wanted, and we had to move on without him."
And, as a result, he ain't getting paid for the playoffs. Not that we think it'll hurt him any. After all, last we checked, he's the NBA player who's still married to a Kardashian, right? Okay then...
[via ESPN Dallas]
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