Lamar Odom’s attempt at an NBA comeback came to a screeching halt before ever playing even a scrimmage for the New York Knicks, as Phil Jackson revealed today that “Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player.We found it necessary to free up the roster spot” (might I once again note how pleased I am to have a Knick executive who is actually willing to be candid with the media?).
This was big news for Cole Aldrich and his many, many fans, as he was caught up in a roster crunch and the Knicks were looking unlikely to re-sign him. However, with Odom now out of the picture, the Knicks had a roster spot for Aldrich (who had a great first game in the Knicks Summer League, although obviously he is a veteran NBA player at this point so he should so he was re-signed today.
Congrats to Aldrich and congrats to the Knicks for making the right call! My apologies to Lebron James, though, for having his spotlight blocked a bit by this major free agent news.