Lamar Odom Says He Purposely Sabotaged Being No. 1 NBA Pick In 1999

Sad Boyz: Lamar Odom Says He Purposely Sabotaged Being No. 1 NBA Pick In 1999

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Lamar Odom Is Glad He Didn’t Play For The Bulls

Lamar Odom made his career as an NBA player after being picked 4th overall in the draft by The Los Angeles Clippers, but that wasn’t always the plan. Odom revealed recently that after the 1998-99 college basketball season playing for Rhode Island, he was considered by some to be the best potential No. 1 pick, expected to go to The Bulls.

In an interview with The Vertical, Odom explains that he basically sabotaged his chances of going number one by not showing up for a meeting with the Bulls, and giving them every reason in the book to go in a different direction.

“Then-Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, who died in March, and then-coach Tim Floyd waited seven hours at the airport for Odom’s predraft visit to Chicago, Odom says, but he no-showed and spent the day on Jones Beach in Long Island. Odom gave the Bulls every reason to pass, including a disconcerting interview with team officials at the predraft combine, and they eventually selected Elton Brand No. 1 overall.”

Then Lamar said about his decision to sabotage himself,  “At the end of the day, it all worked out. It would have been cool to be the No. 1 pick, to have in your bio as a basketball player, though, so that’s a regret. It would have been special, but it didn’t happen, and things happen for a reason.”

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