'Khloe & Lamar' doesn't play around with Lakers' embarrassing playoff loss
Kim Kardashian, along with sisters Khloe and Kourtney and mother Kris Jenner, have always proclaimed that the events on their various reality shows on E! Entertainment, including "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Khloe & Lamar," are real, unscripted and truthful.
That declaration provoked the intriguing question: How would "Khloe & Lamar," which follows husband-and-wife Khloe Kardashian and Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom, handle Odom's and the Lakers' fall from grace in the NBA playoffs: the four-game sweep of the Lakers by the Dallas Mavericks and especially Odom's ejection from Game 4 following his flagrant foul on the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitski, an act that basketball commentators called outrageous.
That question was finally addressed in the season finale Monday of 'Khloe and Lamar." And despite the claim of reality and honesty, the answer, to use a basketball term, was "a brick." The playoff woes were not specifically addressed and Odom's thuggish act in the final game was totally ignored.
The subject of the Lakers and their fate finally emerged toward the end of the episode when the couple, along with friends and family members, sat down for dinner. Odom's friend Jaime says bluntly that he doesn't want to be insulting but asks Odom how he's feeling after "the disappointing season." Odom initially seems taken aback and a bit miffed.
Khloe quickly chimes in that she thinks her husband had a "great season," pointing out that he won the NBA's sixth man award. Replies Jaime: "Yeah, individually he had a great season. But it's a team sport."
Odom says, "I can't describe it. I'm probably still in shock a little bit. When you experience winning on a certain level, nothing can replace that." He adds that "it's probably what we've needed to rev us back up. The crazy thing is that you don't realize how much time you don't have."
Whatever that means.
The lack of candor about the Lakers on "Khloe & Lamar" may indicate that the show will fall far short of its potential to provide an insightful glimpse into the personal life of an NBA player. But if you want to know whether Khloe Kardashian is healthy enough to bear children, or if her brother Rob impregnated a girl after a one-night hookup of unprotected sex, 'Khloe & Lamar" is your show.
And those lingering questions about whether Odom's participation in a reality show in the middle of the Lakers' season is a good idea will have to wait.
Well, there's always next season -- maybe.
What did you think of the season finale of "Khloe & Lamar?"
-- Greg Braxton
Photo: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian -- before the Lakers' playoff woes. Credit: Juan Ocampo/Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography