Did 'Khloe & Lamar' help kick Lamar Odom out of the game in Dallas?
The question will probably be asked by viewers now that former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom is also a former Dallas Mavericks player. Odom, husband of Khloe Kardashian, and the world champion Mavericks have announced they are parting ways after Odom's lackluster play and emotional roller coaster this season.
"The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it's in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team," Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. "I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship."
Could E! Entertainment's "Khloe & Lamar," the reality show, be blamed for Odom's decline?
Speculation is already circling. Sports radio talk Dan Patrick said the series is at least partially to blame for distracting Odom. And reports circulated last month in gossip magazines that Odom was upset with the show, which was in production during his trade, the couple's fertility issues and their move to Dallas.
"Khloe & Lamar" escalated the star profile of Odom last season, and he excelled on the team while winning the NBA's Sixth Man award. Though the show was clearly not a distraction last season, it may come under a spotlight as one of the main causes for Odom's misfortunes this season.
Athletes who have become involved with the Kardashians have hit bumpy roads. Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets is often booed by crowds following his short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian. And football star Reggie Bush's career has somewhat stalled following his breakup with Kim following a long romance that was also the focus of a reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"
What do you think? Is the Kardashian Kurse Kontinuing?
PHOTO: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom after he won the Sixth Man Award in 2011
Credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times