Lamar Odom: Life After Death
Former NBA All-star Lamar Odom is “living cleaner” according to new reports, and despite rumors and photos that say otherwise, he’s doing better than his near-death experience in 2015.
If you remember on October 13, 2015, after being traded from the Championship Lakers, then becoming a free agent after a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers, Odom was discovered unconscious at the Love Ranch, a brothel in Crystal, Nevada. He was in a coma and placed on life support in a hospital in Las Vegas for a few days before regaining consciousness. He had suffered several strokes and kidney failure. He was transferred from Las Vegas to a Los Angeles hospital by medical transport.
Now, Us Weekly reported that Odom is “the best he has been in many months” even after it was reported that Odom’s mental health was deteriorating greatly, telling Khloe that he’d “die” if she were to leave him.
In August 2016, reports emerged that he was partying – again – with strippers, which is what he was doing when he overdosed and nearly died in 2015.
But Lamar is no stranger to substance use and abuse. In the 2000 – 2001 NBA season, Lamar was a starter for the LA clippers averaging 17.2 points. But in March of that season, Odom was suspended for five games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. In the following season, he was suspended in November for violating the drug policy again, his second offense in eight months. He admitted to using marijuana after the suspension.
Over a decade later, it looks like Lamar is finally getting the message and is turning his life around. He is trying to live his life right for the sake of his children. Lamar had three children, Destiny (b. 1998), Lamar Jr. (b. 2002) and Jayden (2005–2006), with Liza Morales before they separated. On June 29, 2006, 6½-month-old Jayden died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) while sleeping in his crib in New York. At the time, Odom was already in town for the funeral of an aunt. Both deaths Lamar took hard.