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Mark Cuban Calls Out Lamar Odom For Being Uncommitted

More news is coming out saying why the Dallas Mavericks decided to part ways with Lamar Odom. The latest shot is coming from owner Mark Cuban who is calling out Odom for not being committed to the team:

"Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. ... It didn't work,'' Cuban said Tuesday night, his first public comments since the team confirmed a day earlier that Odom was done in Dallas.

Their halftime exchange came after Odom played an uninspired four minutes Saturday night at Memphis.

"I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not. Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn't get a commitment. And that was the end,'' Cuban said. "This was a big game for us, and he wasn't connecting to that. And if you're not positive energy, you're negative energy.''

Cuban had noticed Odom having a similar demeanor many times during the season and Cuban tried to help Odom out, but nothing worked. With the season nearing an end Cuban did not want to spend the time figuring things out with Odom, so that is when he decided to place Odom on the inactive list for the rest of the season.

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