Phil Jackson says he’s concerned about former Laker Lamar Odom

Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson says he’s concerned about Lamar Odom and his life after basketball.

“We thought the Kardashian arrangement, or marriage, was a terrific thing for him because it’s a family, a structure, something that would give him support,” Jackson said on “The Seth Davis Show,” referring to Odom’s marriage to Khloe Kardashian.

“Maybe it wasn’t,” he continued.

The first part of the interview ran on Oct. 28; the second is scheduled to go live Friday via the website

“Everybody that’s been close to him in my group ... cannot get through to him,” Jackson said. “No one can get through to Lamar, basically I think he’s thrown his cellphone away.”

Odom won two titles with the Lakers but was traded in 2011 to the Dallas Mavericks. After a year with the Clippers, the six-foot-10 forward remains a free agent.


Recently, he was arrested for a DUI charge.

“We’re very concerned about him,” Jackson said. “But I understand things are looking up ... so I’m really hopefully that will happen. Basketball has been his life and without it, it’s a very destructive course.”


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