Lamar Odom’s downward started when he was traded away from his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, his former coach claims. Lamar’s 2011 trade to the Dallas Mavericks ‘crushed him’ and that’s when ‘everything went bad’ for the NBA star. So sad!
While Lamar Odom, 35 , remains under care in a Las Vegas hospital, his high school coach and former teammates are speaking out about how much it meant for him to be an L.A. Laker. Lamar played for the team from 2004-2011 and won two championships with the Lakers, but being traded away to the Dallas Mavericks broke his heart.
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Lamar’s former high school basketball coach, Larry Charles, told the New York Times that, “Being with the Lakers meant everything to Lamar, and Lamar is a very sensitive young man. When he was traded, I said, ‘Oh, my God, you just crushed that kid.’ Like, if you know him, you knew how much it meant for him to be with the Lakers.”
Larry continued, “I can’t lie, a lot of us were afraid of this day.” Lamar started spiraling after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, where he lasted less than one season before ditching the team in April 2012. On his final day with the Mavs, he turned to a teammate and said, “I don’t love this anymore. I don’t want to do this,” according to a person privy to conversation. He left practice and never returned to the team.
“I think he took that hard,” said former NBA player Speedy Claxton, who played high school hoops alongside Lamar. “He really liked it in L.A. He felt like he had a family there, with the Kardashians. I think that was kind of the start of it, when everything went bad.”
The good news is that on Oct. 16, Lamar came out of the coma he’d been in since a reported drug overdose on Oct. 13. He was given a 50/50 chance of survival, but has defied the odds and appears to be recovering. He even said his first words to estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, 31, who has kept a nonstop vigil at his bedside, saying, “Hey, baby.”
Our thoughts are with Lamar and his loved ones as he continues to recover.
— Beth Shilliday