Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom needed his wife, Khloe Kardashian, to tell him to continue playing in the NBA before the 2011-12 season started.
Odom told ESPN that he was "very close" in considering taking a year off and had to be talked out of the decision before the lockout ended.
"My wife talked me out of it," Odom said. "'Cause I was asking myself: 'Was I mentally prepared to play? If I didn't play well, was I mentally prepared to help the team?' I had thought, 'Maybe I need a year.' Because of the lockout, I thought, 'Maybe somebody's sending me a sign that I needed this time off.'"
Odom was dealing with the loss of his 24-year-old cousin in July along with a car accident (only days later), where he was the passenger, in which a teen pedestrian was killed.
Odom has struggled this season, averaging 6.8 points per game (14.5 point per game in his career) and a .312 field goal percentage (.468 field goal percentage in his career). He has also struggled rebounding, assisting, blocking and even stealing the ball.
Maybe he should've taken the sabbatical after all?