NBA stands by Lamar Odom
NBA players and head coaches have spoken out about Lamar Odom’s career and prayed for him as he fights for his life in a hospital.
While many in the entertainment world knew of Odom with his relationship with Khloe Kardashian, the 35-year old’s legacy will be a successful NBA career that saw him win 2 championships and a Sixth Man of the Year award with the Lakers.
Odom’s basketball trophy case also include an Olympic medal and a world championship medal, a testament to his ability in the game.
Prayers have been sent up for him by almost every NBA player, with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak going to pay him visits.
“All he cared about was playing basketball,” said Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, a longtime friend. “He wanted to give back to the league. Every time I talked to him, that’s all he talked about.”
“L.O. was a point forward,” Anthony said. “A lot of people will tell you he was one of my favorite players coming out of high school, one of the best high school players I’ve seen as a kid.”
“Lamar Odom is one of the greatest people I’ve ever known,” said New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who also played with Odom in Los Angeles. “I don’t view him through the prism of choices that he’s made. I view him through the heart and soul of the person that he really is.”
“He was an amazing teammate,” Fisher said. “Really an amazing player that possesses all the skills necessary to do everything on the floor you need done. I think his defense and rebounding was more spectacular than anything he can do on the floor offensively. (He was) one of the top reasons as to why we won championships in ’09 and ’10.”
“We understood what it means to be in a band of brothers, what it means to go through a lot of things together,” said Sasha Vujacic, Odom’s former Lakers teammate. “He’s someone with a heart of gold.”
“We love you, man,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said after a news conference in Shanghai, where the Clippers are playing exhibition games. “Keep fighting. He’s a member of this fraternity, our basketball brotherhood, and we love you and we’re all there for you, man.”