Odom roller coaster in down cycle

Updated: September 4, 2013, 10:18 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

There are people in various corners of the NBA map trying to help the man right now. We're talking former teammates and coaches and a clutch of confidants who don't want their names out there because they're not looking for attention for their efforts.

All they want to see is Lamar Joseph Odom dislodge himself at last from one of the scariest downward spirals to engulf an NBA player in the 21st century.

The lanky lefty is reviled in Dallas after that one nightmare season ...

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