Mighty Sports taps Lamar Odom for Dubai International Bball Championship
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2018 08:33 AM
Photo c/o @lamarodom on IG
Lamar Odom announced today that he will be suiting up for Mighty Sports, reinforcing the Philippine squad in next year's Dubai International Basketball Championship tournament.
"It's been a minute since I've professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be!" Odom said in an Instagram post on his account.
I'd like to announce that I will be playing in The Dubai International Basketball Championship this February 1st 2019 !!!!!!! 🏀I will be representing team @mightysports_ph from the Philippines with my 4ever #7 ! To me this is a great warming up for the @thebig3 !! It's been a minute since I've professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be! I was hoping to be ready for the Chinese CBA earlier this year but I didn't feel that I was physically were I wanted to be. ( yet) I needed more time to recover from my multiple strokes and hearts attacks. Im not giving up and going in full force !! Patience and moving FORWARD is KEY! Special thanks to @femaleagentsr @charlestiu for making me part of this amazing tournament in Dubai! #teamreyes ! This wouldn't be possible without the support of my kids, @destiny_odom @lamar.morales.odom, MY FANS, my team @jared_dyem @bryantaustin23 @xpesports @billythakid23 @m2exec @showtimepersonaldevelopment @willvlo @therealyasin @ninetyplusofficial @mr2rchiang @chaselucid @saamzangenehlaw @hemplucid ! Thanks @iamzoul for building the road to my comeback life chapter ! LETSGOO 💪🏿#newpages #2019 #dubai #manila #basketball
Odom said that the stint would be a good warm up for the next season of the Big 3 tournament. He also mentioned that he had hoped to find a team for the current season of the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) but "I didn't feel that I was physically were I wanted to be."
Mighty Sports last played in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament in 2017. That squad had former NBA players as well in the form of Hasheem Thabeet and Dominic McGuire.
Odom's last stint in the NBA was with the New York Knicks in 2014. He was hospitalized in 2015, falling into a coma after suffering kidney failure and multiple strokes.
A two-time NBA champion with the LA Lakers, Odom has international experience, having been a member of Team USA during the 2004 Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. He also had a short stint in Europe, playing two games for the Spanish squad Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.
The fourth overall pick of the LA Clippers during the 1999 NBA Draft, the 6'10" Odom wrapped up his 14-year run in the Association with career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks.