Lamar Odom, two-time NBA champion who played with Kobe Bryant on the Lakers team trailed allegations of drug abuse for almost a year now. The 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year upset his fans and buzzed the whole sporting community when he was reportedly found unconscious with cocaine in his system at a brothel in Nevada nine months ago. Thought to have recovered and reformed from that stint, family members of Lamar Odom are distressed, TMZ reported Friday morning that people close to him fear that the NBA player is showing strong signs that he is “back on hard drugs”.
At 36 years of age, Odom had several years of allegations of crack use that dates back to his momentary disappearance in 2013 which heavily affected his career in the NBA. He went through a number snags since then, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of “alcohol and/or drugs”, and he also had a short stint in a California rehab facility following the arrest. He left the rehab facility just one day after reportedly checking himself in.
Prosecutors did not charge Odom with any drug counts after the Nevada brothel incident. In a statement, Michael Eisenloffel, a Nye County sheriff’s detective told Fifth Judicial District Judge Rober Lane “I believe that Mr. Odom may be – or may have been – under the influence of a controlled substance,” People close to the basketball player “thought he’d been scared straight,” according to TMZ:
But multiple sources close to Odom — hoping to get through to the NBA star — tell us he’s been acting very strange lately. His friends are convinced he’s off the wagon, and for the last few weeks they’ve been trying to get through to him.So, a group of people went to his home to convince him to enter rehab — but Odom scoffed … telling the group he doesn’t need any help. […]During the confrontation, which took place at Odom’s home in Calabasas, we’re told his friends noticed drug paraphernalia scattered all over the place … including crack pipes, baggies and roaches.
The report came in after Odom was seen in a Sherman Oaks bar ordering cognac five months after the boozy brothel bender that brought him to the brink of death, the man appeared to have hit the bottle again.
The former Laker rang in Easter Sunday at the Johnny O’Brien bar in Sherman Oaks, Calif., staff told the Daily News — mere hours before he headed to church with estranged wife Khloe Kardashian and her family. According to People:
For nearly three months, since Lamar Odom left the hospital after his October overdose, Khloé Kardashian has been the former athlete’s primary support system, in more ways than one.
“Khloé supports Lamar financially in every way,” says a Kardashian insider. That includes springing for the rent on Odom’s $3 million Calabasas pad and footing the bill on his nearly three-month hospital stay.
Now, “Khloé is very worried about Lamar and his behavior,” says the source. “But Lamar refuses to listen to her. He actually said to her, ‘Nothing will happen to me. Look how I survived the last time.’ “
Odom tested the limits of Khloe Kardashian’s generosity by going out and drinking. The former Los Angeles Laker’s kidneys are very fragile following his overdose, consuming alcohol is especially dangerous in his state.The former athlete’s physiological condition may still be in a hazardous state given the damages that his body sustained during the Nevada incident. Odom had a couple episodes of strokes and he is also suffering from kidney complications. On one particular incident, it took him several days to recover, he regained consciousness and was able to resume breathing on his own only after almost a week of reliance on breathing apparatus. It took him another week to be able to get out of his hospital bed and take his first literal steps back from the near death experience. He transferred to a private facility three months earlier than his scheduled release from hospitalization.
Recently, he is continuing to receive treatment and is on a steady road to recovery. Last February, he got a clean enough bill and was able to get a clearance that enabled him to travel from Los Angeles to his hometown New York where he made his first public appearance at Kanye West’s music/fashion event entitled “Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/”The life of Pablo” at Madison Square Garden. A couple of weeks later, Odom flys back to Los Angeles and attends a Lakers game as Kobe Bryant’s guest, his long-time teammate and close friend.
As a former Laker, he was one of many who joined Kobe on the basketball court following the NBA superstar’s final game of his 20-year career. Odom told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier that night that he’d “never been better,” and was is planning to “get back on the court,” he added that he appreciated all the prayers and support his fans had given him, encouraging him to return to health and get back on his feet.
Lamar Odom’s struggle with sobriety reminds us of Andy Dick’s arduous, but ultimately successful journey from a national punchline to a recovering alcoholic.
How did he get his life back? Read about his sobriety story here.