Lamar Odom recently expressed interest in getting his basketball career back on track, and Baron Davis has offered to help by inviting Odom to play with the Drew League this summer.
Davis told TMZ this week that he is planning to reach out to Odom.
“I’m going to reach out to LO to see if he would want to play alongside me on my team since he is wanting to return,” he said.
The Drew League, which gained heightened publicity during the 2011 NBA lockout, is one of the top summer leagues in the country for offseason basketball. Many NBA players and incredibly talented amateurs play in the league, and that way be a great way for Odom to show he can still play.
But can he still play? Odom said earlier this month that the next step on his road to recovery is getting back to playing basketball, though he did not specify if he meant he is eyeing an NBA comeback. It’s not a great sign that there have been rumors Odom is drinking again, though he insists he does not still have a problem.
In addition to almost losing his life to a drug overdose less than six months ago, Odom is 36. He would probably have a hard time making an NBA comeback at his age if he was totally healthy, let alone with some of the things we have heard about him. But if he has any chance at all, the Drew League would be a great place to start.
Lamar Odom was in attendance Wednesday night to watch the final game of Kobe Bryant’s NBA career. At the conclusion of the evening, Odom hinted that he is hoping his own basketball career is not yet over.
Odom spoke with ET on the floor at the Staples Center and was asked how he has been feeling. He said he has “never been better” and that the next step for him is to get back to playing.
“(I want to) get back on the court,” he said. “I still got it. I can (still play).”
Odom also addressed Khloe Kardashian’s recent comments about moving forward with the divorce.
“We did talk, you know, everything is [up for] discussion,” he said. “We talk about anything. We’ve been through a lot. It won’t ever stop.”
The chances of Odom returning to the NBA are incredibly slim. In addition to being less than six months removed from nearly dying of a drug overdose, there have been rumors that Odom is drinking again and his friends are said to be concerned. Odom said it can be “tough” listening to all the gossip reports.
“I mean, it gets tough, especially if so much gets speculated,” he explained when asked about photos that showed him out at a bar. “Only a few people know the truth, and I just keep that close to my heart.”
When you read about some of the health issues Odom is still having, it’s hard to imagine basketball is an option at this point. Perhaps he could sign with a team in Europe if his skills are still intact, but even that seems like a stretch.
You can watch Odom’s interview with ET below:
Lamar Odom is back to drinking alcohol less than six months after he nearly died of a drug overdose, and Khloe Kardashian is reportedly extremely concerned about him.
According to TMZ, Kardashian cancelled the scheduled filming of her show “Kocktails with Khloe” this week because she is so broken up about Odom’s drinking habits.
We’re told Khloe told production she was too sick to shoot Thursday, but it’s not because of the flu. Sources close to production tell us she’s stressed out worrying about Lamar Odom’s drinking. We’re told she’s been an emotional wreck.
Odom, who is still legally married to Khloe, was spotted drinking at an Irish pub in the Los Angeles area the night before he went to church with the Kardashians on Easter Sunday. Some of his friends are reportedly concerned about his decision to drink. Odom supposedly believes he is capable of casually drinking without it becoming an issue, but it sounds like Kardashian does not agree.
Odom recently made a public appearance in a very high-profile place, so that should be considered a good sign. Still, it’s always alarming when you hear that someone with a history of substance abuse is not making a commitment to sobriety.
Lamar Odom made his return to Staples Center on Wednesday as a guest of Kobe Bryant.
ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Bryant left two tickets for Odom to attend the Lakers-Heat game:
Reporter Rachel Nichols snapped a photo of Odom at Staples Center:
Here he is greeting fans:
This game marks one of Odom’s highest-profile public appearances since he overdosed in October. Last month Odom attended a college baseball game not far from where he lives in Los Angeles. He also has been photographed out at bars recently, so we know he’s starting to get out there.
Showing up at a Lakers game and receiving all the love from his fans may work wonders for Odom’s self-esteem. Some of his friends reportedly are concerned about his drinking, but him making an appearance like this is a good sign.
Khloe Kardashian is concerned that Lamar Odom still has a substance abuse problem, and she is reportedly trying to get him to seek help.
According to TMZ, Kardashian is “doing everything she can” to convince Odom that he needs help, even suggesting an outpatient program if the former NBA star does not want to check into a rehab treatment facility. Odom’s family members are also said to be worried, noting that Odom’s father and several other members of his family have struggled with addiction.
While Odom is reportedly willing to go to physical rehab, he does not think his drinking is a problem. Odom was spotted drinking at a bar hours before he attended church with the Kardashian family on Easter Sunday.
Long before he nearly lost his life due to an overdose at a Nevada brothel, Odom had a major drug problem. He even entered rehab for drugs and alcohol back in 2013.
If you read the update Kardashian gave on Odom’s progress a couple months ago, you’ll understand why drinking alcohol sounds like a horrible idea for him.
Lamar Odom was spotted at a bar near Los Angeles over the weekend, and you can understand why that has raised a lot of questions for a guy who is less than six months removed from almost dying of a drug overdose. According to one report, Odom’s friends are concerned.
Sources close to Odom reportedly told TMZ that they fear Lamar is heading down a “dark path,” as he believes he is capable of casually drinking without any consequences. Odom’s decision to drink has supposedly created tension between him and Khloe Kardashian, and the former NBA star got up to go to church on Easter Sunday to prove he could function normally after drinking the night before.
Odom was seen at an Irish pub in Sherman Oaks drinking Remy Martin, which TMZ notes is the same booze he was drinking the weekend he overdosed at a Nevada brothel.
“We all are really, really sad he’s decided to do this,” one person close to Odom told TMZ.
If you read what Kardashian said about Odom just a couple of months ago, you’ll understand why drinking alcohol sounds like a bad idea for the 36-year-old. It would be great if Odom was able to overcome the issues he had with drug abuse, but it’d likely be even better if he committed to living a totally clean lifestyle.
Lamar Odom is less than six months removed from a near-death experience that was caused by substance abuse, but he is supposedly back to drinking alcohol.
TMZ reports that Odom was spotted at an Irish pub in Sherman Oaks, Calif. the night before — or early morning of — Easter Sunday. Odom went to church with the Kardashian family on Easter several hours later.
Employees at the Johnny O’Brien pub told TMZ that Odom and two friends arrived just before midnight and stayed until around 1 a.m. During that time, Odom reportedly ordered three Remy Martin drinks. TMZ shared some photos that were taken by others who were at the bar at the same time as Odom.
While Odom is said to have overdosed on cocaine and sexual enhancement pills in October, there is also reason to believe he was drinking heavily before being rushed to the hospital. You can listen to the audio of the terrifying 911 call here.
Khloe Kardashian recently revealed that Odom is struggling with short-term memory loss. We can’t imagine drinking alcohol is in his best interests at this time.
Lamar Odom appears to be making great progress with his recovery from a drug overdose, as he has recently started going out in public and returning to normal daily activities. Over the weekend, Odom attended a college baseball game in Los Angeles.
TMZ reports that Odom was spotted at Cal State Northridge’s game against CSU Bakersfield. A source said Odom arrived by himself and stayed for the entire game, later meeting up with a trainer who works at the campus facility. Another person told TMZ that Odom was playing basketball at the school, though that has not been confirmed.
Earlier this month, Odom attended Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show in New York City along with Khloe Kardashian and her family. He also went grocery shopping last Friday and was reportedly “looking healthy and in good spirits.”
While it may not seem like much, these are all great signs for Odom. It wasn’t long ago that there were fears he would never walk again or worse. The progress update Khloe Kardashian gave last month reminds us that Odom still has a lot of rehab left ahead of him, but just listen to the 911 call that was placed the day he overdosed. Simply walking around and taking in a baseball game is a huge step for the former NBA star.
Now that Lamar Odom has been released from the hospital, Khloe Kardashian is keeping her estranged husband close to her — literally.
TMZ reports that Kardashian has leased a home for Odom to stay in for the time being, and it is located “just blocks” from Khloe’s house in Calabasas, Calif. Kardashian’s name is reportedly listed on the home, as Odom probably isn’t in position to be leasing a home with all his hospital bills and financial troubles he was having prior to his drug overdose.
Khloe recently provided an update on Odom’s condition, saying that he had spent some time with her family over the weekend and that he is showing signs of improvement. He is, however, still having some issues with his memory.
Shortly after Kardashian and Odom formerly withdrew their divorce papers, Khloe made it clear that the decision was strictly made for Odom’s health and well-being. They are not back together, and she is actually still dating this NBA star. However, all indications are that the relationship between Odom and Kardashian is still cordial and she is doing what she can to help him recover.
Lamar Odom has been spending some time with friends and family since he was released from the hospital and transferred to a rehabilitation facility, which is obviously a positive sign. He is, however, still having some issues with his memory.
Khloe Kardashian spoke with Ellen DeGeneres via FaceTime recently while her sister Kourtney was on the show, and Khloe revealed that Odom is doing a lot better but still struggling to remember some things.
“His long term memory is great,” she said, via Jaclyn Hendricks of the New York Post. “His short term memory isn’t so good, but I mean if I met someone earlier today I probably wouldn’t remember either so I mean that’s understandable.”
Khloe said that Odom, who recently visited with the Kardashian clan at their home, has been starting to inquire more about what exactly happened to him.
“Every day he’ll ask me so what happened to me,” Kardashian explained. “Like today specifically, he was like ‘How many tubes did I have in me again?’ And I’m like I don’t know what’s too serious to tell you, but I’m honest.”
Khloe had previously said that Odom was unaware that a drug overdose landed him in the hospital, and she considers it a positive sign that he is now “ready to know.”
Odom clearly still has a long way to go with his recovery, but there have been plenty of positive signs lately. While Khloe recently shared some disturbing details from the couple’s marriage, its sounds like her relationship with Odom remains friendly.