NBA Rumor: Lamar Odom Recovery

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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’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.”

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.”

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.

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.
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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.”

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.”

“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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.
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