Lamar Odomís basketball comeback starts in the Philippines

Paul Lintag on Jan 25, 2019 08:25 PM
Lamar Odomís basketball comeback starts in the Philippines
As he attempts to make a basketball comeback in an age where most players retire, Odom is drawing inspiration from his past to make his present and future work.

In the five years that Lamar Odom has been away from basketball, he’s had actual near-death experiences.

His off-court problems and issues were no secret and he’s not hiding them anyway.

As he attempts to make a basketball comeback in an age where most players retire, Odom is drawing inspiration from his past to make his present and future work.

“My children and my family [are my inspiration],” Odom said in Manila Friday.

“It’s crazy because the doctors had told my family that you might as well say your final goodbyes. They thought I was gonna die. Then after my kids visited me, I woke up not too long after that. I don’t think that was by mistake,” he added.

Lamar of course was talking about the battle for his life after he was found unconscious following drug overdose in a Nevada brothel back in 2015.

It was later revealed that he suffered through 12 strokes and six heart attacks while he was in a coma. To say that Odom’s recovery has been a miracle would be an understatement.

Finally healthy and able, Odom has returned to the game he loves most. The 39-year-old former two-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers is making a basketball comeback.

He has a stint lined up with Ice Cube’s BIG3 but before that, his comeback will first have him see action in Dubai via the Philippines.

Odom will play for Mighty Sports and will suit up for the Philippine team in the Dubai International Basketball Championship starting February 1.

“For me it was a little overwhelming to have my talent still be wanted out there,” Odom said when he first found out about the initial plans to have him come over and reinforce Mighty Sports.

“Basketball has always been a refuge for me so I’m just excited,” he added.

Getting his first exposure to Philippine basketball, Odom wants to make sure to make this one worth it.

Even in his short stint so far, Lamar has felt the passion for basketball Filipinos have and he wants to give back by making sure he gives his all. He hasn’t ruled out playing here in a more extensive stint.

“This is my first time in the Philippines and the Filipino people have been very welcoming,” he said.

“If it goes good here, I can see myself playing basketball here,” he added.

Ultimately, Odom’s attempted comeback is out of love for the game.

He also wants to make sure to end his career on a manner that he’s comfortable with. After all he’s been through, he wants to give it his all one more time.

“On my terms,” Odom said on how he plans to retire from basketball for real.

“Just leaving it with a competitive spirit. As long as I leave basketball and people remember the way I played and what I gave to the game, then I know I can leave,” he added.

 

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