By Alexis Tereszcuk – Radar Senior Reporter
“Lamar’s dad is gravely ill, and he wanted time off to be with him,” a source close to Khloe Karadashian’s husband said about the situation.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Lamar missed Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers and Coach Rick Carlislie said “He has been excused to tend to a family matter. He will rejoin us after the [All-Star] break.”
“Khloe and Lamar were really upset about the news about Joe,” the source said about the couple. “They’re putting their schedules on hold right now to be there for him.”
Joe Odom had struggled with a heroin addiction, but Lamar tried to have a stronger relationship with him as shown on their reality show Khloe & Lamar.
“It’s a really serious medical condition,” the source said, which is why Lamar is taking the time off right now.
“This is the peak of the season, the Mavs really needed Lamar because the team depends on him, but they totally understand that family comes first.
“It was really serious for Lamar to take the break right now and last night proved it, but no one is holding it against him.”
Following his trade to the Mavericks from the Lakers, Lamar has become an important part of the team, and the source said that he has their support.
“The team is all pulling for Lamar’s dad and hope that he gets better. Their thoughts and prayers are with he and Khloe at this time.”