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Lamar Odom should get a therapist, stat ... so says ex-NBA star Kenny Anderson who tells TMZ Sports his shrink has been a life-saver ... and it could do the trick for Lamar, too. We spoke with Anderson -- who spent 14 seasons in the NBA -- and he told us he's rooting hard for Lamar's NBA comeback with the Knicks to be a success ... but says the guy is gonna need help. "I talk to a therapist once a week," Anderson says ... "Lamar should do that. His mind has to be right." "You need someone you can talk to who has no hidden agenda. Your mom, dad, brother, sister might not want to tell you the truth. My therapist doesn't care, she tells me how it is." TMZ.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

Anderson said he was not paid a stipend by Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un for his participation in a birthday-party pick-up game, which raises a question about who did pay the players. Anderson declined to say, but said he's received widespread criticism for accompanying Rodman on the trip. And given what he knows now, Anderson said he wishes he wouldn't have taken the journey. I wish he hadn't either. "Me and Dennis do some things. We (both) live in Fort Lauderdale, and I do a lot of clinics and camps," Anderson said. "He came and spoke at my camp for me. You can call me ignorant about the whole situation, but I didn't do my diligence about North Korea. I just didn't know. I didn't know about the leader. I didn't know anything too much about it. That's where I was wrong." Oregonian

Anderson said he wants to help others not make the same mistakes he's made, but showing up in North Korea with a band of ex-NBA misfits? Failing to even "Google" where he was going and who he was going to sign Happy Birthday to? Isn't that a mistake he should have saved himself from? "It was a mistake," he said. Anderson said he was met by US officials who wanted to debrief him after the trip, but wouldn't go into details. I'm assuming they had the same questions about who funded the trip, exactly, if it wasn't the North Korean government. "I wouldn't talk about that. That's a real dangerous situation," he said. "I'm not a politician by no means. I went over there to be an ambassador of basketball. That's what I've been doing since I retired. I didn't want to get too deep into that." Oregonian

January 5, 2014 Updates

Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea. Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Wednesday, marking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power after his father died in late 2011. Rodman calls the game his version of "basketball diplomacy." USA Today Sports

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Kenny Anderson couldn’t hide his story any longer. He wanted to help himself, help others, and the former Queens basketball prodigy turned NBA star figured revealing he was sexually abused as a child was the perfect solution. Anderson released the dark moments of his childhood during the Off-Broadway play, “The Penis Monologues,” and reiterated them to The Post yesterday. “That’s why I got my heart filled with anger somewhat,” the former Nets star and New York City high school legend said. “You have everything in the world, but you’re still miserable. That’s who I was.” New York Post

Anderson, who has fathered eight children by five women, doesn’t plan to confront either man, but will reveal their names — he has only told his third wife Natasha up to this point — and the details of the events in his autobiographical book, entitled, “Instructions not Included,” which he plans to release next March. “It’s therapeutic for me,” the 14-year NBA veteran and Georgia Tech player said. “When you’re a kid you don’t know what’s going on, somebody touching you or fondling you, doing other stuff. ... I didn’t want to let anybody know.” New York Post

July 25, 2013 Updates

Kenny Anderson will say it: he was sexually abused, in two separate instances and by two separate monsters, during a multiply harrowing early life that he will also tell you about. That life -- ungoverned by a mother too addicted and conflicted to be much of a parent, then ungovernable by dint of the heavy freedom his talent for the game gave to him -- did not prepare him for any kind of life but the one he'd suffered through. It bruised and broke him, as of course it would. It helped make him a person he no longer likes much, or much resembles. He wants to talk about it now, all of it. SB Nation

For a long time, Anderson didn’t feel that he could speak with anyone about being sexually abused. He kept the details to himself and become a recluse, Anderson said, spending most of his time with, "Me and my basketball, in the park." “It killed me like it killed some other kids that’s been molested,” Anderson said. “You can really take a lot out of a kid for the rest of their lives. “I think without the fame, without the basketball, celebrity, notoriety, might have been more difficult for me.” Sporting News

July 10, 2013 Updates

Kenny Anderson looked me in the eye and told me he sometimes wished he didn't have a penis. He'd repeat the line a couple hours later in front of 40 or 50 people, appending a last-second "almost" to make sure the giggling crowd knew where he came down on the penis/no-penis question. A lot of what Anderson said to me during the "cocktail hour" preceding Penis Monologues felt like rehearsal. I had asked Anderson -- and this was the only planned question I asked him -- how much he'd rehearsed for the show, and he explained that the performance was to be more interview and improv than a true play. Anderson then began to share, with voice low and drink in hand, an unsolicited series of personal headlines -- some sordid, some sad, some actual newspaper headlines. SB Nation

Anderson, a high school legend, 14-year pro, and one-time All-Star, was one of five men -- three of them former NBA players -- on stage for Penis Monologues (or, depending where you look, The Penis Monologue or Penis Monologue Symposium) at the Producers' Club's Crown Theater in New York Sunday night. Alongside him sat Chris Gatling, 11-year journeyman and one-time All-Star; Tate George, a four-year pro and maker of one of the most legendary shots in UConn history (the website had promised Anthony Mason, but nope: Tate George); Joe Brown, former agent and longtime associate of all the above; and "Detroit" Dan Bowman, a very amiable, increasingly drunk South Florida epoxy flooring magnate and former Blind Date contestant whose reasons for being included perplexed nearly everyone, him most of all. SB Nation

The Penis Monologues opening was, in total, a rambling spectacle of a little over three hours, split evenly between men discussing their bountiful, treacherous paths through NBA stardom and men discussing their penises' parallel bountiful, treacherous paths through NBA stardom. For retired pros in their 40s, it was an early exercise in a special kind of public speaking: honest, vulnerable and undiluted. SB Nation

May 2, 2013 Updates

Kenny Anderson’s stint as Davie-Posnack Day’s boys basketball coach was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The former NBA All-Star point guard, 42, was arrested over the weekend for drunken driving, according to Broward police records. Palm Beach Post

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