From 'Khloe & Lamar' to 'Khloe: Texas Ranger'?
The E! reality show featuring Khloe Kardashian and her pro basketball player husband, Lamar Odom, is moving production to Texas in the wake of Odom's trade from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks.
Though several reports say the move will be a major story line for the show, E! network representatives would not confirm the relocation, saying in a statement, " 'Khloe & Lamar' is in prodution now, and the show covers what's going on their lives."
While the spinoff of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has always had more than its share of drama, the series will likely draw more attention in the coming season to see how producers handle the circumstances behind the relocation.
Odom was distraught late last week after he learned that he was part of a pending trade deal that would have sent him to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Hornets star Chris Paul.
Even though the NBA blocked that deal, Odom was said he was upset at the prospect of having to leave Los Angeles, "where my life and family is." He cried during an interview with radio show host Stephen A. Smith and speculated whether coaches or others in the Lakers organization were upset with his involvement with the reality show.
Several sportscasters and fans accused Odom of being "unprofessional" and of throwing a tantrum when he took the trade talk personally. And even though Odom sounded surprised that the Lakers would trade him, rumors about a possible Odom trade have been circulating since May, ever since the Lakers were swept in the Western Conferences semifinals of the NBA playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.
In the final game, Odom was ejected when he became combative with Mavericks players. He had no idea that it would be his last game in a Lakers uniform.
On Saturday, he asked the Lakers to trade him, and he was dealt to the Mavericks. That reunion between Odom and his rivals, who now must play together, should provide electric footage for "Khloe & Lamar."
— Greg Braxton
Photo: Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom in April after Odom won the Sixth Man Award. Credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times.