But it isn’t because Lil Wayne is a Spurs fan of why he is banned but rather because of Thunder guard James Harden’s girlfriend, Trina. Wayne and Trina previously dated for a year in 2007. Earlier this month, while performing a set at Miami night club Liv, Weezy professed his love for the rapstress saying, “I love you and miss you.”
Similar rumors merged during the Lakers- Spurs series that Wayne was not allowed court side. The Oklahoma City Thunder reps released a statement saying that Lil Wayne was told the game was completely sold out. While there are always tickets available for famous rappers, with the Thunder down to the Spurs 0-2, they needed one of their star players to be on their game.
Khole Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s reality show is “on hold” just like the NBA star’s career. The couple are disputing reports the series was canceled. A rep told People, “It’s just on hold now while schedules are figured out. It will depend on their schedules, as Lamar’s basketball schedule is a priority.”
The 14-year veteran is said to be wanting to focus on his basketball career after an embarrassing 2012 season, which many blame on distractions from the reality show and his wife’s family. Odom is ineligible to play for another team this season after being released by the Dallas Mavericks but can sign elsewhere this offseason. Averaging just 6-points a game, it is a far cry from when Odom was the 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
E! is hoping to convince Kardashian and Odom to reconsider. Just last week, it was announced that the Kardashian family signed the biggest deal in reality television history, worth a reported $40 million for three years. Despite the contract, Kardashian and Odom will only make occasional appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Though it is reported, Odom has hired a team of personal trainers to get him back into shape, he was photographed yesterday teaching sister-in-law Kim how to play basketball for scenes for the news season of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
Playing for your country isn’t enough for some NBA players. FoxSports.com is reporting future Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade want to be paid to play in the Olympics in London this summer.
According to Allen, “Everybody says, ‘Play for your country.’ But [N.B.A. players are] commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunities, what you may make… If I’m an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, I’m going to make some money somewhere else.”
Apparently making $18 million a season isn’t enough for the Miami Heat super star. Wade told ESPN: “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell. We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well.”
Wade and Allen have both been apart of Olympic gold medal teams in 2008 and 2004 respectivley. But in 2004, in the midst of player rifts and lack of enthusiasm Team USA finished a disappointing third becoming the first U.S. men’s basketball team with NBA players to lose an Olympic game. It was reported Wade along with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Carlos Boozer made a pact to win gold, earning the nickname redeem team. But apparently, green is better than gold.