Lamar Odom has been a mainstay in the media for all the wrong reasons for the past several years, and that has been very difficult for members of his family. Odom’s daughter, Destiny, opened up about that recently.
Destiny, 17, said in a PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly feature that she dealt with ridicule after Lamar began dating Khloe Kardashian. She says it became “humiliating” after her father’s battle with drug addiction became public.
“There were regular snide comments at school,” Destiny said. “And when his addiction became public, then it became a social media thing. Even people that I thought were my friends were saying stuff on social media. It was humiliating.”
Destiny was used to her family being in the public spotlight because of Lamar’s status as an NBA star, but she says Lamar marrying Khloe took things to a new level.
“Things changed when my dad married Khloe. Things were a lot more public,” she said. “When your dad’s an NBA player that’s already enough, but when he’s marrying a reality TV star, things are so public and you don’t have a private life anymore.
“It was crazy that my dad was getting married to this woman that I used to watch religiously. It was such a whirlwind, really.”
It has been well over a year since Lamar nearly died of a drug overdose, and all indications have been that he is doing much better. Destiny hasn’t seen her father in about two months, but she said she has told him she wants him to get help. Lamar is trying to land an NBA coaching gig, though it doesn’t seem like he is close to making that happen.
All indications have been that Odom is doing much better since he left rehab. Walton confirmed back in January that he had spoken to Odom about a job, but he said nothing was close to coming together. It’s unclear if any progress has been made on that front in the past five months or so.
Even if Odom does have his life on track, hiring him obviously would not come without risk. Though he is beloved by most Lakers fans, Odom’s long history with drug and alcohol abuse is well-documented. Walton and the Lakers would have to be very confident he has turned a corner in order to offer him a job.
Lamar Odom has seemingly come a long way since he nearly died of a drug overdose over a year ago, but the former NBA star still likes to go out and have a good time. He had a little trouble doing that over the weekend.
According to TMZ, Odom and two women he was with were turned away from the Red Tie Gentlemen’s Club in Van Nuys early Sunday morning. A witness who took a video said Odom’s group was denied access after they tried to cut to the front of the line.
Other patrons who were waiting in line could be heard shouting that the bouncer should let Odom in because he helped deliver a ring to Los Angeles Lakers fans, but it did nothing for Odom’s case. He and the two women eventually left.
Odom recently opened up about how drug use prematurely ended his NBA career. Some would find it concerning that he is going out to strip clubs at 3:30 a.m., but it would be unfair to make assumptions about whether or not he is staying sober.
Lamar Odom has listed his Miami home for sale, and it can be yours if you have an extra $5.2 million laying around.
Odom recently put the 8,550-square foot pad on the market, and E! News reports that he had previously been renting it out. Odom bought the home for $2.975 million while he was playing for the Miami Heat back in 2003. He is still paying a cool $56,000 per year in taxes on the property.
Lamar Odom says that cocaine helped end his NBA career.
Odom “cheated death” in his words by recovering from 12 strokes and two heart attacks suffered in 2015 after a drug overdose. Now that he’s recovered, he is opening up about his issues and looking to make a docuseries and sell an autobiography. That’s why he opened up to US Weekly for an interview in which he talked about many of his issues over the past several years.
Odom said of the infamous Oct. 2015 brothel incident that left him in a coma, “I cheated death. The line between life and death is really thin.”
He credits ex-wife Khloe Kardashian for helping him to recover from the medical scare, saying she helped him get his memory back.
Odom says he doesn’t regret getting involved with the Kardashians, even though his life seemed to spiral negatively after his marriage to Khloe. He does say he regrets having multiple affairs while married.
After Khloe filed for divorce in 2013 for the first time, Odom says he kicked his drug use up to an alarming level. He believes that killed his NBA career, which ended after the 2012-2013 season he spent with the Clippers.
“I was in a very dark place and very confrontational. I wasn’t trying to repair my marriage; I was just trying to get high. My life was all about drugs at that point. It probably helped the end of my career come along a little faster because drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape,” Odom told US.
Odom says he went to rehab in January after his daughter gave him an ultimatum. He says he has been clean and drug-free since.
In fact, first-year Lakers head coach Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that he and Odom had spoken about a job, although that wasn’t recently. Walton, who was teammates with Odom on the Lakers, understandably wants to make sure Odom is doing well in his recovery first.
Luke Walton confirmed Lamar Odom reached out to him about helping staff. Luke sounded interested but understandably mindful of his recovery
As great of an idea as this would be, Odom would need to show a lot of responsibility and prove his sobriety before he really could be considered as a potential staff member for the Lakers. During his stint with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-2012, Odom was said to be heavily using drugs, which is something the Lakers could not have on the team. Maybe the chance of joining the Lakers could give Odom some motivation to be sober.
Lamar Odom expressed his desire to make an NBA comeback as recently as nine months ago, and he has virtually no chance of making that happen as a player. But what about coaching?
TMZ asked Odom on Monday if he has considered returning to the NBA as an assistant coach, and the 37-year-old confirmed that is something he has interest in. When the photographer specifically mentioned Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom said he would “love that.”
Odom, who spent seven seasons playing with the Lakers, said he has reached out to Walton and Walton seemed open to the idea of Lamar joining his staff.
While his chances of coaching with the Lakers might be a little better if Kobe Bryant was still playing, it’s not out of the question. Odom is very respected among basketball circles and played for 14 seasons. When you take away the substance abuse issues, he’s the exact type of player that would go on to become a coach.
Of course, you can’t just take away the substance abuse issues. Odom has to prove he can keep clean. He claims his latest stint in rehab was “life-changing,” and he is eyeing another potential career opportunity if Walton isn’t interested in his services. Here’s hoping Odom finds a constructive way to spend his time.
Lamar Odom has completed his latest stint in rehab, and the former NBA star is already thinking about his next career move.
In a brief chat with TMZ on Thursday, Odom described his experience at a rehabilitation facility in San Diego as “life-changing.” When asked if he has any plans going forward, he said he is considering doing a reality television show. Here’s the video:
Odom was also asked about his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian, and he described his relationship with her as “cordial” and said he is planning to reach out to the Kardashian family.
Overall, Odom looked and sounded good. It has been more than a year since he nearly lost his life to a drug overdose at a Nevada brothel, and things have not been going well for the former Los Angeles Laker since then. In a recent interview that should be airing in full at some point in the near future, Odom opened up about his struggles with addiction. You can see a clip from that interview here.
Whether it’s through a reality show or something else, we hope Odom finds a way to stay on the right path this time around.
Odom decided to check himself back into rehab over a month ago amid reports that he was once again struggling with addiction. He is said to have been fearful of a relapse with the anniversary of the death of his infant son having come up in December.
It has been more than a year since Odom nearly died of a drug overdose at a Nevada brothel in October 2015. He has since finalized his divorce from his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian. In a recent interview that is expected to air in full at some point now that Odom has completed his rehab, the former NBA star opened up about his battle with drugs and alcohol. You can see a portion of the interview here.
Here’s hoping Odom’s latest course of treatment helps get him on the right path.
“No better way to end 2016 than with my two favorite people #TheOdoms #RichSoil,” Odom captioned the photo.
Odom’s Instagram post was also his first since he checked himself back into rehab. The 37-year-old is scheduled to complete his program at some point this month. In a recent teaser from an interview that will air after he leaves rehab, Odom opened up about the drug overdose that nearly cost him his life. You can see the clip from the interview here.
Because of his drug and alcohol abuse, Odom has had some issues with his family relationships in the past. It’s good to see him spending time with his kids.