Lamar Odom has been training until 3 a.m. most nights to prepare for his exhibition boxing match against pop star Aaron Carter, but he feels “really good” after finding a strategy to combat his post-traumatic stress disorder. October will mark six years since Odom was in a coma, when he suffered 12 strokes and six heart attacks after taking a lethal combination of cocaine and alcohol amid other substances and was found unconscious inside a Las Vegas brothel.
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This process is shown in the documentary, “Lamar Odom Reborn,” which was released last month. The events of the film take place in 2018, but its release was ideal for the spring of 2021 after the pandemic shutdown caused depression and anxiety to skyrocket. “During the pandemic, I wish we had more of [the treatments] on every corner, we could hand them out for free,” Odom said in a phone interview with The Times from Atlantic City, where he’s set to fight Carter on Friday night. “During this pandemic, everyone’s been in jail for a year and a half. A lot of us aren’t built to be in prison.”
Odom recalled reaching a fight-or-flight moment while under the influence of ibogaine and choosing to rest on his game-winning instincts, as if Kobe Bryant were leading him to a Lakers victory. Bryant was one of the first people to visit Odom in the hospital after his series of strokes in 2015. “For a second, I had wanted to stop, I was about to start screaming and sh— like that,” Odom said in the film. “But then I had to say, ‘Hold on, chill out. Kobe Bryant, fourth quarter, you’re gonna be alright.’”
During an appearance on “Good Morning America” Monday, Odom explained how he has been receiving small doses of ketamine under supervision for the past two years. The 41-year-old said the treatments have helped him avoid abusing drugs the way he did when he nearly died of an overdose in 2015. “I went to rehab and did some other things, but ketamine came into my life at the right time,” Odom said. “I’m feeling amazing. I’m alive, I’m sober, I’m happy.”
Odom credited his ketamine treatments with keeping him from relapsing when Kobe Bryant died early last year. “I don’t wake up looking to do lines … or feeling unfulfilled,” he said. “When Kobe passed away, you know, the old Lamar, that’d have been every excuse in the world for me to go get high, (but) doing drugs didn’t even enter my mind.”
Lamar Odom, whose battle with drug addiction led to a near-death experience, is opening up about his use of a synthetic drug that he said helped him beat addiction. Odom, 41, said being treated with small doses of ketamine under medical supervision for the past two years has helped keep him sober.
Odom’s journey using ketamine for treatment is the feature of a new documentary, “Lamar Odom Reborn,” airing this week on YouTube, MTV Live and other social media platforms. Odom said he hopes his story inspires Black men in particular to pay more care to mental health, in addition to sharing his experience with ketamine. “I don’t think I will stop it,” he said of the drug. “I wouldn’t want to try to stop to be great. If I have greatness inside of me, I want to try to get it out.”
Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom has shunned speculation that he has relapsed on drugs after posting footage of his alter ego “Black Jesus” character, having previously claimed that his ex-girlfriend had “stolen” his social media passwords. Two-time NBA champion Odom, 41, has moved to ease concerns that he may have been in the midst of a drugs bender after appearing shirtless and wearing a long black wig in an Instagram video in which he “turned water into wine”.
Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr are apparently BACK ON — just one week after Parr announced they had broken up so Lamar could focus on his personal issues. The two hopped on a plane early Thursday morning for a quick romantic getaway. Unclear where they were headed, but once they touched down, the two posed or a kissy face photo, seemingly to show social media they’re back together and happy.
Former NBA star Lamar Odom and fiancee Sabrina Parr have called off their engagement. The 33-year-old trainer took to her Instagram to announce that she made the difficult decision to break things off with Odom due to the fact that the two-time NBA champion needs to personally attend on his issues alone. Parr posted a heartfelt message explaining her decision: “Ya’ll know how I’m honest and transparent so I have to be the first to let you guys know that I am no longer engaged to Lamar,” Parr told her followers on her Instagram stories on Wednesday (per The Daily Mail). “I love him dearly but I am no longer able to be by his side while he seeks the help he so desperately needs. I wish him all the best and I am asking that you pray for everyone involved.”
Lamar Odom says he not only felt physical effects from his 2015 accident but a severe cognitive decline as well. He had to relearn how to walk, and things that came naturally to him on the court no longer did. He struggles to reminisce about fun moments in his life, calling himself the ‘poster child for Alzheimer’s.’
Lamar Odom says he not only felt physical effects from his 2015 accident but a severe cognitive decline as well. He had to relearn how to walk, and things that came naturally to him on the court no longer did. He struggles to reminisce about fun moments in his life, calling himself the ‘poster child for Alzheimer’s.’
The doctors told Lamar Odom’s loved ones to say their final goodbyes. Now the former New York high school phenom is not only breathing, he’s back playing basketball. So Odom can’t complain. But there remain problems stemming from his stroke, heart attack and coma from four years ago. “My damn memory,” Odom said in an interview Tuesday with the Daily News. “I can’t remember s–t.”
“From the stroke, some of my balance is not the same, my equilibrium is not the same, but I’m working on it to get it better,” Odom said. “Handling the basketball came so naturally. When I see that going between my legs and going behind my back is a problem, I think that’s the coma and stroke and heart attack.”
For Odom, just making it this far is an accomplishment considering his prognosis after he overdosed on drugs inside a Vegas brothel and slipped into a coma. “All my doctors say I’m a walking miracle,” Odom said. “They couldn’t really believe how I came back so fast. When I woke up I couldn’t walk or talk.” Odom said he was driven to a basketball comeback by watching LeBron James achieve greatness during his last season with Cleveland in 2017-18.
As his trek back to competitive basketball continues, Lamar Odom keeps drawing a lot of confidence from the idea that he’s taking the road less traveled. “My journey in life has been totally different. I don’t think anyone in the NBA has ever been through what I’ve been through. I’m just here to fight,” Odom told reporters Friday at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.
Lamar Odom: You all know, my body has been through allot these years but I have been cleared healthy by my doctors to play again.
In an interview with TheBlast.com, Odom said he is going to invest in the marijuana business. He plans to launch his new line, Rich Soil Organics, in California later this year. According to the interview, Odom said his gravitation toward marijuana arose when he was recovering from substance abuse issues. They reached a peak in 2015 when he fell into a coma after a drug overdose.
“While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains that support wellness,” Odom said according to the interview. “… It’s a perfect time to offer these Cannabis solutions to the public who may be going through similar body issues as I am.”
Following his collapse at a nightclub in Los Angeles early Sunday morning, Lamar Odom‘s health seems to be taking a turn for the worst. A source close to Lamar tells PEOPLE, “Lamar is spiraling again. He’s out of control.” The source continued, saying, “He was better this spring but things got worse over the summer and everyone is worried things are going to get even worse and they’re scared for him.”
Lamar Odom collapsed at a Los Angeles nightclub early Sunday morning as a result of dehydration, a spokesperson for the former NBA player told USA TODAY Sports on Monday morning. A video obtained by TMZ shows Odom slumped over and being helped by security personnel at a club in West Hollywood.
Odom’s spokesperson said in a statement that the 38-year-old, who last appeared in an NBA game with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013, is “doing great.” “He was dehydrated due to intense workouts earlier in the day without the intake of enough fluids,” the spokesperson said. “It was also very hot in the club. He has seen his doctors and is doing great.”
Lamar Odom collapsed at his VIP booth at an L.A. nightclub early Sunday morning … TMZ Sports has the video. Odom was at Bootsy Bellows on the Sunset Strip when several staffers and patrons noticed the ex-NBA star collapsed to the ground around 2 AM. You can see security rush in to help and he seems to be conscious.
Lamar’s rep says he collapsed due to dehydration after an intense workout earlier in the day without the necessary fluids in his system. They also said it was very hot in the club, while adding … he’s “doing great.”
At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn’t control it. I didn’t want to control it. I remember sitting there in bed, and for the first time in my life I couldn’t talk my way out of the situation. I was trapped all day in my own thoughts. And I kept thinking about something that my grandmother used to say to me when I was a kid.
I could see her face, like she was right there in the room. “What’s done in the dark,” she would say, “will come out in the light.” I think of all the sneaky shit I tried to get away with. All the times I did wrong. All the stuff I tried to hide. If it’s not in the public light, it’s in God’s light. I was laying there in that bed, hooked up to all these machines, people all around me crying, and there was no running from it anymore. It was like God was telling me, “Whatever the fuck you think you’re doing, you need to slow down. Or it’s gonna be worse than this.”
Take Us back to the start of your marriage. Was Khloé aware of your drug use? Lamar Odom: I was hiding it for a while, but then I got frustrated and was like, f–k it. Around two years before we split up [in 2011], I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word.
Surprised Khloé was at your side? Lamar Odom: Hell, yeah. It was definitely a moment of relief. I didn’t even know what had just happened. I mean, I’m a big strong dude who has made it to the highest level of doing what he loves. And now I can’t walk or talk. She was the first thing I saw. She said, “Hi, Mookah.” “Mookah” is a name my mother used to call me. She said it to let me know I wasn’t dead. She played a major role in me getting my memory back. She would bring pictures of my mother and my grandmother. I kept thinking, Am I paralyzed forever? Am I mute forever? It was scary shit. Faith got me through.
Are you clean now? Lamar Odom: Of course. Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling. Being in the moment is important — how you react, respond, create. If I would have done coke last night, you would have gotten some dickhead here trying to get out of here fast. But you’re getting Lamar now.
Lamar Odom said he’s “a walking miracle” after being found unconscious with cocaine in his system in a Nevada brothel in 2015. Odom told Us Weekly that he blames cocaine for helping end his NBA career. He says “drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape.”
He also said that he hid his cocaine use from ex-wife Khloe Kardashian for a while, but she found out about two years before their 2013 split. “She was disappointed. So was I,” he said. “The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word.”
As Rhode Island players took the floor for their school’s first NCAA tournament game in 18 years, a few looked up into the stands to see a surprise visitor: Former Rams star and NBA veteran Lamar Odom. None of them had ever seen him in person. It was kind of a big deal. “Our kids went crazy when they saw him,” said Rhode Island assistant Jim Carr. “We’ll take all the good luck charms we can get.”
Luke Walton really wants the world to sweat over the possible introduction of Coach Lamar Odom to the LA Lakers … ’cause now they’re grabbing dinner together. We got the former Lakers teammates leaving The Lobster in L.A. Saturday night, with Lamar heading out first and Luke following soon after.
After going in and out of rehab more than a year after facing a near-death experience at a Las Vegas brothel, former Lakers forward Lamar Odom reached out to Lakers coach Luke Walton to express interest about joining his staff. “Lamar would be great,” said Walton, who played with Odom on the Lakers from 2004-11 and won two NBA championships together. “Anyone who knows Lamar, when he’s right, he is one of the most likeable people they’ve been around. He has a great knowledge of the game and has a great way of communicating with people.”
Although Walton has “talked many times over the last year” with Odom, they have not discussed anything recently. There also have not been any conversations with the Lakers on creating an additional position on Walton’s coaching staff, formally or informally.
Mark Medina: Luke Walton confirmed Lamar Odom reached out to him about helping staff. Luke sounded interested but understandably mindful of his recovery
Lamar Odom says he’s still intent on returning to the NBA … but on the sidelines … telling TMZ Sports he’s reached out to Lakers coach Luke Walton about a spot on the staff. Odom’s been intent on getting back in the league, saying at Kobe’s farewell game that he fully expected to one day be back on an NBA roster.
Lamar Odom has completed a 35 day stint in rehab and will be heading back to his home in L.A. today … TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources close to Lamar tell us he’s doing much better now after “successfully completing the program” and looks forward to getting on with his life back in Los Angeles. Here’s hoping he finds a clean bill of health in 2017.
Lamar Odom was inspired to turn his life around by a prisoner serving hard time for attempted murder. The former NBA star flew to Delaware back in Sept. to visit childhood friend William Gregory, who’s serving a 26 year sentence. Lamar and William chatted in the visitors’ room for 45 minutes … about Lamar’s divorce from Khloe, the demise of his basketball career and the loneliness of losing his support system.
In an interview on the television show, ‘The Doctors,’ Odom said he and his estranged wife, Kardashian, weren’t on the greatest of terms when he visited the brothel. “I wasn’t in a good place mentally – especially before the incident happened,” Odom told Dr. Travis Stork in a clip from the interview, which aired Friday. “My wife at the time (and I were) going through some things, and I was in a dark place.”
“I couldn’t even speak at the time. I couldn’t talk,” he said. “Nothing would come out when I would open my mouth. I was scared.” Odom noted “everything happens for a reason” and “I guess the reason is that I’m still here.” Last week, Odom checked into a San Diego rehab facility for a 60-day stint. During the interview, Stork asked Odom whether he’s been abusing substances since the overdose incident. The doctor teased that the answer will be revealed in a future episode, noting the goal now is for Odom to get through rehab. “This is going to take time. He’s not going to be out of rehab next week,” Stork said.
Lamar Odom checked himself into rehab out of fear he’d go on a major bender as his deceased son’s birthday approached … TMZ Sports has learned. Lamar’s son, Jayden, was born Dec 15, 2005, but died the following June from SIDS. We’re told his son’s death was the primary reason he started doing hardcore drugs … and he was keenly aware the birthday might push him over the edge again.
Lamar Odom has voluntarily checked himself into rehab, Us Weekly can confirm. The former Lakers player is seeking treatment at a rehab facility near San Diego, California. “He went to continue making sure he stays sober and on the right path,” a source exclusively tells Us of Odom’s decision. “It was something he chose to do.”
What’s the latest on Lamar Odom? ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne talked about what she’s hearing during a podcast with Zach Lowe and it’s not looking good: “Everything I heard the last 2-3 months, he’s back doing all the stuff that got him into this in the first place. I called people, ‘Have you heard from Lamar? Do you know what’s going on?’ And it’s like, yeah, he’s battling his demons again and he’s back with the same old crew.” You can listen here at the 25:00 mark: http://es.pn/2fXpJs0
Real Deal Fitness Gym: When you are focused nothing can hold you back! Lamar Odom keep doing your thing!
Odom’s personal trainer took a post-gym video and asked the recovering star how he is feeling. A fresh faced Lamar replied “How do I look,” and gave the camera a quick smile. Odom said he feels good and confirmed that he had a great workout. When the personal trainers brought up his haters, Lamar sharply added “f*** the haters” and the trainer suggested he won’t have time to think about them when he is back in good health.
Khloe Kardashian is once again seeking to end her marriage to former NBA player Lamar Odom. Court records in Los Angeles show Kardashian filed for divorce Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences. The reality TV star and Odom married in September 2009, and she filed to divorce him in December 2013, which she still lists as their date of separation. The divorce was never finalized, and Kardashian withdrew the petition after Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel last year. She cited Odom’s medical condition as one reason to withdraw the divorce.
After watching Bryant score 60 in his last game Wednesday night, Lamar Odom had a different answer to the question of his own comeback. “Never been better,” Odom told “Entertainment Tonight” when asked how he’s doing, and revealed he plans on resuming his basketball career, despite the fact he’s still recovering from several strokes and kidney failure, which he suffered in a drug overdose in October. “I still got it,” Odom told ET.
Ramona Shelburne: Lamar Odom met with @DwyaneWade and @kobebryant for a long time after the game tonight. Just incredible to see him back.
Ramona Shelburne: Kobe Bryant left two tickets for Lamar Odom to attend tonight’s game vs the Miami Heat. Odom is expected to attend, according to sources
Mark Medina: I’m told Lamar Odom visiting with Kobe Bryant in the trainer’s room right now. Words I’m glad but never thought I’d type last October
Lamar Odom’s drinking has reached crisis level for Khloe Kardashian, and we’ve learned she desperately wants him to get help NOW … but Lamar’s digging in his heels. Sources close to the still married duo tell us Khloe’s doing everything she can to convince him to get treatment for addiction. We’re told LO’s happy to go to physical rehab, but refuses to deal with his drug demons.
We’re told Khloe’s even suggested an outpatient program, but Odom remains defiant. Odom’s own family members are also striking out. According to our sources, they’ve tried to convince him by pointing out several relatives, including his father, have addiction issues.
Big outing for Lamar Odom this weekend … the ex-NBA star hit up a college baseball game in L.A. — and the kicker, we’re told he was essentially all by himself. Odom was spotted at the Cal State Northridge baseball stadium Sunday — where the Matadors took on CSU Bakersfield. We’re told Odom stayed the entire game and was rooting for the home team.
Odom was spotted at the Cal State Northridge baseball stadium Sunday — where the Matadors took on CSU Bakersfield. We’re told Odom stayed the entire game and was rooting for the home team. One person we spoke with says Odom appeared to arrive by himself — no Kardashians were with him — and met up with a guy who’s believed to be a trainer at the campus training facility.
Metta World Peace on Odom: ‘He’s doing much better’
There he is! Lamar Odom made his first official appearance after his hospitalization last fall, joining his estranged wife, Khloé Kardashian, and other Kardashian-Jenner family members at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Week show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Thursday, February 11.
Lamar Odom is about to get some good news … he will not be charged for being under the influence of cocaine in the Love Ranch near-fatal OD, TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources say the Nye County D.A. has decided not to file any charges against Lamar. As we reported, it’s extremely rare that prosecutors file such charges when the person who consumed the drugs ends up in the hospital.
Lamar Odom is officially out of the hospital and getting back to a normal life. The former NBA star was seen being driven around the San Fernando Valley on Friday … and while we can’t see his full body, his face certainly doesn’t look too worse for wear.
A source close to Lamar confirmed to us he has started working towards a full recovery at a local rehab facility. We’re told he’ll visit the rehab daily and work on his walking, talking, reading and writing.
The next stage of Lamar Odom’s recovery from a life-threatening drug overdose will take place in a specialized Los Angeles rehabilitation clinic, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.
The former NBA player’s condition improved during the past few weeks, enough to convince doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles that he is ready to begin a new phase of treatment and recuperation. Odom was rushed to a Nevada hospital after being found unresponsive at the Love Ranch, a legal brothel in Crystal, Nev., following a three-day binge including use of cocaine and sexual performance enhancement substances on Oct. 13.
Lamar Odom’s son, Lamar Odom Jr., posted the first picture of his father since the former Lakers star’s October 2015 hospitalization on Thursday, December 31. “Christmas with my pops,” the teen captioned an Instagram snap with his sister, Destiny, 17, and the former NBA star, 36. “Here’s to 2016. Blessed.” In the family pic, half of Odom’s face is visible as his children with ex Liza Morales pose behind him.
NBA superstar Paul Pierce says he’s thrilled with Lamar Odom’s progress — telling TMZ Sports he’s been praying for his “brother” to make a full recovery. Pierce was at Floyd Mayweather’s charity basketball game at Calabasas High School when we told him Odom finally took his first unassisted steps since the incident in Nevada back in October. “He’s family,” Pierce said … “He be like a brother of mine and we just want him to fully recover.”
Lamar Odom made a huge stride in his recovery this week … taking steps for the first time without assistance. Sources close to Lamar tell us he hadn’t been able to move without a walker. We’re told Thursday Lamar ditched the walker and took three steps, shocking the docs. Lamar has had limited range of motion in his hands, but during a recent visit from Khloe he was able to reach above his head to put his hood on … a BIG step.
Lamar Odom is in desperate shape medically, but legally we’re told he may get cut a break. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the Nye County D.A. in Nevada is backing off the statements made by the Sheriff, who said there was a strong chance Lamar would be prosecuted for cocaine possession. TMZ broke the story, Lamar’s blood revealed he was high on coke when he fell into unconsciousness at the Love Ranch brothel.
Butler said he recently caught up with Bryant in person during a preseason game in Las Vegas between the Lakers and Kings — the same night Odom, their former teammate, was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel and hospitalized nearby. “I went to the locker room to see [Bryant],” Butler said. “He was on the [training] table and I talked to him. The whole Lamar situation had broken out [and] when we got the news, he told me that he was leaving to go check on Lamar. I sent my prayers and my best wishes. [Bryant and I] stay in constant contact, either through text or email. He’s a big brother. I consider him family, somebody I’ll be friends with long after the game of basketball is over. He feels the same way, that’s my brother for life.”
Prosecutors are considering a felony drug charge against Lamar Odom after the former NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello said Monday that the sheriff’s office submitted the potential charge last week, and a prosecutor is considering filing a count of unlawful use of cocaine or being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Lamar Odom’s in rough shape — having a tough time with communication and mobility — and we’re told it’s so bad, he can’t recognize some close friends and family. Our sources tell us Lamar has made little progression in the last couple weeks. We’re told he’s only able to speak a word here and there, and at times he seems “empty.”
Mark Medina: Lamar Odom turns 36 today. Odom’s aunt, JaNean Mercer: “Every birthday w/ Lamar is special but today is an especially momentous occasion” In statement, Odom’s aunt also thanked God and asked for continued prayers for Lamar and & his family “on this miraculous journey.” Odom’s aunt, JaNean Mercer, also thanked those for “continued prayers & well wishes for Lamar & our family.”
It was an incredibly candid moment from Metta … who told VladTV he and Kobe love Odom like a brother. “Kobe FaceTimes Lamar,” Metta says … “Kobe tried to reach out to Lamar plenty of times before this incident happened. I was reaching out to Lamar.”
Which is why Metta says he and Kobe were both shocked and heartbroken when they found out about the incident in Nevada, right before the Lakers were set to play a preseason game. “When Kobe found out Lamar was in the hospital, he was furious … I was in tears.” Metta says his tears later turned to anger — and he hated every single one of Lamar’s L.A. friends, including the Kardashian family … though he admits, his feelings may have been misguided. “I was a little bit bitter towards the Kardashians without even knowing the situation.”
Metta says he’s been texting Lamar — and though he hasn’t heard back, he wants Odom to know he supports him no matter what … and always will.
TMZ did an impromptu interview with Lamar Odom’s father, Joe Odom, outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where Lamar is being treated, on Wednesday night. The elder Odom said that Danny Grainger’s father had brought him there to see his son two days in a row, but he was told that he wasn’t on the visitor’s list. He said that Khloe Kardashian is in charge of that list, but he’s been unable to get through to any of them, and hasn’t been able to see Lamar for four days.
It has been determined in recent days that the former Lakers and Clippers forward will not need a kidney transplant, according to multiple sources familiar with his recovery. Still, Odom awaits other challenges.
Odom plans to seek counseling for drug addiction, according to multiple sources familiar with his recovery.
But Odom has undergone various tests in recent days to treat a kidney infection that has since healed, according to multiple sources familiar with his recovery. That coincides with ongoing improvements he made with his breathing, vision and talking, sources said.
Yet Bryant declined to divulge the day-to-day progress or struggles Odom has experienced in recent days. “I’m not going to sit here and give you information that you can probably get off of TMZ right now,” Bryant said. “So he’s doing well.”
Khloe Kardashian opened up about why she rushed to the side of her estranged husband after he was hospitalized in Las Vegas earlier this month and addressed the status of her marriage with the former NBA star. “All I knew was I had to get there,” Kardashian told People in an interview with the magazine. “I had to get to him and make sure he was okay. I hate that he was in that situation. I wouldn’t want anybody in that situation, especially someone I love and care about.”
“There is a very long road ahead of [Lamar],” Kardashian said. “He has to walk that road by himself, and, most importantly, he has to want to walk that road. I will be there supporting him every step of the way.”
Lamar Odom’s recovery from his life-threatening collapse at a Nevada brothel is continuing in an ultra-high security wing of Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. The former NBA player has made progress since being transported to California from Las Vegas a week ago but is battling depression and further tests on his kidneys and lungs are required.
Lamar Odom is battling depression in a Los Angeles hospital as he begins to come to terms with the spiral of self-destruction that has left him fighting for his life.
Lamar Odom could face a rehabilitation period of at least six months as he seeks to recover from a life-threatening collapse on Oct. 13, according to his close friend and former college basketball coach Jim Harrick.
Lamar Odom could face a rehabilitation period of at least six months as he seeks to recover from a life-threatening collapse on Oct. 13, according to his close friend and former college basketball coach Jim Harrick. Odom has spent the past week at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and is in significantly better shape than when he was rushed to a Las Vegas medical facility following a three-day binge at a Nevada brothel that involved alleged cocaine use and left him unresponsive.
Lamar Odom suffered 12 strokes early on in his medical emergency, TMZ has learned, and they affected his motor skills.
“He was a very sweet man,” said Ryder, one of the women he hired for the weekend. “We talked about all the screwed up things that had happened in his life.” Divorce, death, drugs. Odom’s mother died when he was 12. His grandmother died when he was 23. A son died of SIDs at 6 months old. He lost two friends to drug-related deaths this summer. His marriage was almost over. “All of it,” Ryder said. “Just pain.”
Ramona Shelburne: Been some reports on Lamar Odom’s condition deteriorating tonight. I’m told he’s doing just fine. Walked a bit. Still long ways to go
Lamar Odom is on the path to recovery. “To our overwhelming delight, Lamar’s courageous improvement continues on the incline in Los Angeles. He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically,” according to a statement issued on behalf of Odom’s aunt, JaNean Mercer.
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Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”