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Lamar Odom Drug Binge; Real or Reality TV Hype? Did NBA Know?

Khloe Kardashian husband Lamar Odom is reportedly heavily into crack cocaine.

Khloe Kardashian husband Lamar Odom is reportedly heavily into crack cocaine.

Chloe Kardashian husband Lamar Odom has reportedly gone on a crack cocaine binge, leaving his wife and the rest of the Kardashian clan in the dark about his whereabouts. But it’s hard to feel any empathy for them.

Lamar has reportedly had a drug habit for the past two years, according to gossip site TMZ. But that doesn’t jive with the NBA’s drug testing policy.

All players are subject to four random tests each season (from October 1 to June 30) and all players are also subject to two random tests each off-season (from July 1 to September 30), according to NBA regulations.

Lamar even supposedly was in rehab in San Diego a year ago because of rampant drug use, but there wasn’t a peep about it from the NBA. If his drug use was that evident, wouldn’t the NBA have uncovered it?

Claiming he cleaned up his act while playing basketball wouldn’t necessarily get him off the hook, since the NBA drug tests during the off season, too.

The Kardashian’s history of hyping family drama for their reality shows makes any news about possible real-life drama suspect.

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Chloe and Lamar have often been fodder for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” story lines. They’ve gone through several purported marriage “crises,” only to end up back in each other’s arms, denouncing the reports with big smiles.

This time their problems seem real, but who knows? They’ve exhausted just about every other plot line, and this one is especially juicy; why not hype it to keep viewers interested in their shows?

According to the latest reports, Lamar has vanished. He’s been out of touch with family members for 72 hours and they fear the worst; that he is holed up somewhere doing crack cocaine.

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What this means for Lamar’s basketball career is also a question. He had a decent season last year and is a free agent this year. Getting caught up in a crack scandal, however, isn’t going to help his marketability in the NBA.

Lamar is 33, which means he’s in the twilight of his basketball career as it is. Still, it seems strange that he would muck up his last couple of years in the league by getting hooked on crack cocaine.

As usual with Kardashian family crises, something just doesn’t add up.

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