Truly devastating. Lamar Odom, who is currently fighting for his life after being found unconscious, is said to have never truly ‘recovered’ after he was traded by his former NBA team, The Lakers.
As Lamar Odom, 35, struggles to survive, details are beginning to emerge about his fragile emotional state before he was found unconscious on Oct. 13. In fact, Lamar is said to have lived a life filled with many “heartbreaks.” Specifically, he was never able to fully bounce back, after he was traded from his beloved NBA team, The Lakers, back in 2013, a move which devastated him.
ESPN commentator, Arash Markazi, had seen Lamar in Las Vegas just last month, and said that the former NBA star seemed to be happy and “looked and sounded healthy.” After the tragic news of Lamar’s hospitalization broke, Arash took to Twitter to speak out.
“He cried for days after the Lakers traded him,” Arash tweeted. “He never did recover from that. It was one of many heartbreaks in a life filled with them.“
So sad. Arash also added that Lamar had been a vital asset for the team. “Lamar always thought of himself as the good cop to Kobe [Bryant]‘s bad cop bad cop on those Lakers title teams,” Arash said in a separate tweet. “He was the heart and soul of that group.” And then, in one more heartbreaking tweet, Arash detailed how much Lamar meant to his teammates. “There was a reason the entire team huddled around Lamar and jumped up and down before every game. They all loved Lamar.” You can see Arash’s tweets below.
Lamar had played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004-2011, before he was traded to Dallas, where he played for the Mavericks for just one season. He was then traded back to the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he had played from 1999-2003. He played for the New York Knicks for the 2014 season, however, at the time he was found unconscious, he was currently a free agent.
So very sad. We are sending Lamar all the positive energy in the world.
— Casey Mink