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EXCLUSIVE: Lamar Odom's Former Teammate Matt Barnes -- "I Never Saw Any Drug Abuse"

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Matt Barnes is Lamar Odom's good friend and former teammate.  And he says he never saw the alleged drug abuse Lamar has been accused of for weeks now.

At this weekend's Hollywood premiere party of "Boardwalk Empire", Matt Barnes had some kind words for his embroiled former teammate Lamar Odom.  And he hinted that this whole crack cocaine abuse fiasco could just be blown out of proportion.

“Obviously, things in L.A. get a little blown out of proportion," Matt tells TheYBF.com "I know Lamar well and I just want to wish him the best. Not only in his basketball career but in his personal [life]. He knows we’re here for him and he should be fine.”

And as for whether he saw any drug abuse by Lamar after playing on two NBA teams (Lakers & Clippers) with him, “No. I’ve been around him this whole time, never saw it.”


By the way, we congratulated the newlywed on his latest nuptials with former "Basketball Wives: LA" star Gloria Govan and asked what does it take to work on a relationship the second time around (the two broke up right before getting married)?

He dished this little nugget of advice:

“Just make sure you find the woman you love or man you love. Make sure it's special. It's hard today to try and hold a successful relationship down and there needs to be a lot of communication. Outside of everything else going on you have to keep your relationship up top first.”

Good advice, Mr. Barnes.


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