Master P says Lamar Odom won’t be in a near-death situation should he have been given a second chance at the NBA!

According to the famous millionaire, all the NBA star ever wanted was to get back on the court and because he didn't get the chance, he got involved with drugs…. Hence him currently on life support in a Las Vegas hospital.

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Master P blames two people: Kobe Bryant (who played with Odom in LA Lakers) and Khloe Kardashian(who is Lamar's estranged wife).

P calls Bryant's public display of emotion over Lamar in an ACT because he had the chance to save him but didn't step up when it counted. He adds that he was "like a mentor" to Odom and personally knew how serious Lamar was about wanting to return to the NBA.

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He says Kobe was also aware of the situation and could have used his position with the Lakers to get Odom back on the squad, but instead did nothing.

"If Kobe was his friend  ... Kobe, like, owns the team. He could've got the man back on the team ... that's all he wanted," P said to TMZ.

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P also goes off on the NBA -- saying Odom was "blackballed" from the league over his decision to be on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" ... because at the time, the NBA wanted nothing to do with them. And as for Khloe, Master P says he truly believed Odom loved her - but made a mistake in marrying her because "he didn't realize what he was getting into."

P ended his chat with a warning to Khloe's current boyfriend, NBA star James Harden. "Maybe Lamar's situation is an example to all the other NBA players out there like James Harden".