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Lamar Odom admits he pondered quitting reality TV show

April 15, 2011 |  2:01 pm

Only three days into the filming process, Lakers forward Lamar Odom said, he became so frustrated with the time demands and pressures surrounding his reality television show with Khloe Kardashian that he wanted to end it.

"I thought it was going to be easy," Odom said recently on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. "It's really tough. ... three days into it, I was like, 'Do we have to finish?'"

Kardashian squelched that idea, however, saying that it'd be logistically impossible to halt production and get out of their contract. Incidentally, it was Kardashian who initially shot down the idea of a reality show featuring the two newlyweds. She said she drew on her experience with "Keeping up with the Kardashians" in predicting that the show demands would prove too overwhelming.

"I just didn't want to put Lamar through that pressure," Kardashian said. "Lamar was like, 'Let's do it. Everyone keeps asking. Let's do it.'"

When word initially leaked out that they would do the show, Odom made it clear to reporters that he didn't make a definitive decision for some time because he wanted to make sure he could fit the project into a busy schedule without diluting his performance on the court

That hasn't been an issue as Odom enters the Lakers' first-round playoff series against New Orleans on Sunday as the team's most consistent player and its third-best scorer (14.4 points) and rebounder (8.7 rebounds). He's also in the running for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Odom's revelation that he wanted to quit isn't an example of him stretching himself too thin -- after all, things have worked out -- but it points to a recognition that sometimes it's better to say no and that less can be more.

-- Mark Medina

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