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Luke Walton hoping Jordan Clarkson can fill Lamar Odom-type role for Lakers


In his first season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Luke Walton wants to throw it back to the days when he used to play for the team.

On Saturday, Walton commented on Jordan Clarkson’s role for the coming season, drawing a comparison to the way the Lakers brought Lamar Odom off the bench in the past.

Clarkson has indeed come off the bench in both of the team’s preseason games so far with Walton appearing to be committed to having former Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams in the starting lineup. It’s a strategy that’s at least worth a try given Clarkson’s advantage over Williams in creating offense for others. It’s also one with a noted track record of success as Walton observed with Odom during their time as teammates on the Lakers. After being a starter for virtually his entire NBA career to that point, Odom was brought off the bench from the 2008-09 season onwards and not only earned his own Sixth Man of the Year Award out of it but helped the team capture back-to-back championships in that role as well.

While title aspirations are pretty far out of the grasp of the Lakers this season, Walton will be hoping to create a similar impact by having Clarkson, the third-year guard, carry the second unit. Breaking up The Swag Bros will be difficult, but Walton will still have the option of closing out games with Clarkson on the floor, so it should be a viable capacity for the 24-year-old to function in.

Report: Lamar Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab


Lamar Odom walked out on his family’s attempt at an intervention last week, but that is not stopping those close to him from trying to convince the former NBA star to seek professional help.

According to a report from Extra, Odom’s family is searching for “additional options to present to him” that might convince him to go to rehab now that their intervention attempt failed. Odom’s cousin, Alvina Alston, is reportedly working with former MLB player Darryl Strawberry to find an in-patient care facility in the New York City area so Odom can stay close to his friends, family and children. The family is described as being “fully committed” to getting Odom to accept help.

As we learned previously, Odom’s family was trying to get him to go to a rehab facility in Florida that is run by Strawberry. Odom was supposedly surprised to see everyone confronting him on Friday night and responded by walking out.

A professional addiction and recovery specialist who was trying to help Odom’s family with the intervention believes there is one friend who is holding Odom back from getting the help he needs.

Earlier this month, Odom reportedly had to be removed from an airplane for a disturbing reason. He’s clearly at a very dangerous point in his life just eight months after he nearly lost his life to a drug overdose.

Lamar Odom supposedly being held back by one ‘toxic friend’


Lamar Odom is said to have resorted to some of his old ways just eight months after he nearly died of a drug overdose, and one person who is familiar with Odom’s situation believes the former NBA star is being held back by a friend.

Ron Dock, a certified addiction and recovery specialist who was called upon by Odom’s family for help, explained on Monday what went wrong when Odom walked out of an intervention attempt in New York over the weekend.

“The main focus was going to be his son and daughter. I had them write letters and they were going to submit the letters to their father explaining their feelings about his behavior,” Dock told Derrick Bryson Taylor of Page Six. “It was all set in place until this negative energy came. For [his friend’s] own selfish motives, sabotage the intervention.”

Dock claims an unnamed friend who grew up with Odom intentionally thwarted the intervention attempt.

“I think some people want people around you to keep you sick so they can get what they want from you,” he said. “I believe this is the case here. I think this guy just kept us away from (Odom). He’s a very ugly person. If anything happens to Lamar, I would blame that energy right there.”

Dock runs two treatment facilities in Florida along with former MLB star Darryl Strawberry, who was ready to join the intervention via video chat. Odom never gave those close to him a chance to be heard.

As we shared with you previously, Odom has been kicked out of the house Khloe Kardashian was renting for him and was recently removed from an airplane for a disturbing reason. He’s obviously very much in need of help, and Dock said he hopes Odom becomes open to receiving it “before he dies.”

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family’s intervention attempt


Friends and family have been trying to convince Lamar Odom to seek help in the wake of him resorting to some of his old habits, but the former NBA star is reportedly not interested in hearing what other people have to say.

A report from Extra claims some family members made an unsuccessful attempt at staging an intervention for Odom in New York Friday night. A source told the gossip publication that Odom’s aunt, children and ex-wife were among those in attendance, but an “extremely surprised” Odom walked out.

Odom’s cousin has reportedly reached out to Darryl Strawberry in an attempt to have the former MLB player convince Odom to start a program at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Florida. Strawberry is said to have joined the intervention via video chat.

Things do not appear to be going well for Odom more than eight months after he nearly lost his life to a drug overdose. His estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has kicked Lamar out of the home she was renting for him, and Odom reportedly caused a scene on a plane recently and had to be removed. He obviously needs professional help.

H/T Black Sports Online

Lamar Odom reportedly removed from flight for being drunk, vomiting


Lamar Odom was reportedly removed from a flight on Monday night because he was drunk and vomiting.

Witnesses told TMZ that Odom spent a good amount of time in the Delta lounge at LAX airport prior to boarding his flight for NYC and was “pounding down beers and whiskey.” He was described as “wasted” by the time he boarded the flight, and he supposedly sprinted to the bathroom and threw up just before the plane was about to take off.

Here’s more from TMZ:

Two passengers in first class tell TMZ, Lamar went to 4B and sat down, but as the plane was about to pull back he bolted for the front, threw up in the galley and then walked in the bathroom and with the door open threw up again. When he came out of the bathroom, we’re told he had vomit on his clothes.

The passengers tell us the flight attendants “gently” escorted Lamar off the plane, and a cleaning crew came on board to deal with the mess. The flight attendants put Lamar’s carry-on belongings in a plastic bag and removed them from the plane.

The witness accounts get even more embarrassing from there. Odom allegedly returned 10 minutes later with vomit on his clothes and proceeded to take his seat. After another wobbly trip to the restroom, one of the passengers piped up and said something.

“Don’t you know his history?” the passenger reportedly asked. “I don’t want a dead body at 30,000 feet.”

Odom was once again removed from the plane, which ended up arriving in New York 40 minutes behind schedule.

We haven’t heard many good things about Odom’s struggle with addiction lately. Khloe Kardashian has reportedly kicked him out of the home she was renting for him after friends discovered signs that the former NBA star could be using drugs again. You can read more about what was found at the home here.

All indications are that Odom still very much needs help.

Khloe Kardashian reportedly kicks Lamar Odom out of rental home

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Lamar Odom is looking for a new roommate or a place to live.

Since he was released from the hospital after nearly losing his life to a drug overdose, Odom had been living in a rental home that his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian rented for him. The home was in the same upscale Calabasas community where Khloe lives, as she wanted to be able to help Odom during his difficult recovery.

Odom has apparently been evicted.

TMZ reports that Kardashian is not planning to renew the lease on the $25,000-per-month home when it expires at the end of July. Khloe has been trying to convince Odom to get help since he started drinking again, and she apparently decided she will no longer provide him with a place to live when drug paraphernalia was found in the rental property.

There have been conflicting rumors about the current relationship between Kardashian and Odom. One report from a month ago claimed Kardashian was considering getting a restraining order against Lamar. A more recent gossip report indicated the exact opposite is true.

Kardashian re-filed for divorce from Odom back in May.

Report: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom still hooking up, divorce on hold

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom still have not finalized their divorce, and the reasons for that are quite different depending who you ask.

A report from this week claims Kardashian and Odom have still been sleeping together and that Khloe “cannot make up her mind” about her future with Lamar.

“It is no secret to Khloe’s sisters and immediate family that she and Lamar still have sex,” a source close to the Kardashians reportedly told the gossip publication. “Khloe may try to act innocent, but everyone who knows her knows that is not the case!”

Considering we heard earlier this month that Khloe is considering a restraining order against Lamar, the latest information is pretty interesting.

“One minute she hates him, and the next she loves him,” the source added. “One day she is crying about him to her family and then the next day she is talking about what great sex they still have.”

Kardashian originally called off the divorce after Odom’s overdose so she could help make medical decisions for him and allow him to focus on recovering. She filed once again back in May, supposedly telling the former NBA star that she wants to move on and start a family with someone.

There have been rumors that Odom is drinking again and could even be using drugs (details here), so that has likely complicated things with Khloe. As for if and when they will ever finalize their divorce, that is anyone’s guess.

Khloe Kardashian considering restraining order against Lamar Odom

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The latest twist in the Khloe Kardashian-Lamar Odom saga is that Khloe apparently is considering a restraining order against her estranged husband.

Kardashian filed for divorce from Odom for a second time in May — she previously had called off her first divorce attempt — and is losing patience with the former NBA player.

Radar Online says Odom has been harassing her and name-calling through drunken text message barrages.

“She’s now considering a restraining order against him because he’s been threatening all kinds of crazy things, from spilling all her secrets to hoping she drops dead,” an insider told Radar Online.

The report should not come as much of a surprise. Khloe was said to be “sick” over Lamar’s drinking and had wanted him to go to rehab a few months ago. On top of her disappointment with Odom over his alcoholism, Khloe was seen flirting with Odell Beckham Jr., which may be giving her more confidence to move on from Lamar.

Friends reportedly found crack pipes in Lamar Odom’s home

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Lamar Odom’s friends are reportedly concerned that the former NBA star is using drugs again.

According to TMZ, some of Odom’s friends recently found crack pipes in his home and confronted him over it. The discovery was supposedly made when Odom’s friends went to his house for an intervention. He was said to be unreceptive and insisted he does not need help. During the visit, the friends reportedly noticed “drug paraphernalia scattered all over the place.”

Odom nearly lost his life after he overdosed on drugs at a Nevada brothel back in October. We know he has been drinking alcohol, and his friends were already said to be very concerned about that. It was also a source of stress for Khloe Kardashian.

Odom is lucky to be alive, so we certainly hope he isn’t using drugs again. We also hope he ignores this offer from the brothel where he overdosed. You’d hate to see Odom turn his nose up at his second lease on life.

Khloe Kardashian files for divorce from Lamar Odom again, wants kids

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Khloe Kardashian has once again filed for divorce from Lamar Odom, according to a report.

Kardashian and Odom were in the process of splitting before Odom suffered a drug overdose nearly six months ago, which led to Khloe putting the divorce on hold. She was quick to point out that the former couple had not reconciled and that she simply felt the timing was inappropriate given Odom’s health situation.

TMZ is now reporting that Kardashian re-filed the divorce paperwork on Thursday. The split is said to be an “amicable” one, as there is a prenup in place and was already a property settlement worked out the first time around.

In a later report, TMZ added that Kardashian spoke to Odom and explained that she wants to have children and start a family. She had promised to not go through with the divorce until she was confident Odom can take care of himself.

Odom’s friends have supposedly been concerned that the former NBA star is drinking again after nearly losing his life. Kardashian reportedly wanted Odom to go to rehab and was distraught that he feels he can drink responsibly given all that happened.

As for starting a family, it’s unclear if Kardashian is dating anyone at the moment. She called things off with this NBA star a while back.