The sad downfall of ex-NBA star Lamar Odom

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Lamar Odom is reportedly fighting for his life after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Tuesday.

According to TMZ, Odom was airlifted to a hospital and is on life support. He’s reportedly drifting in and out of a coma, having problems with his heart, lungs, and kidney.

Odom, who won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011 and won NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers, has had a life filled with more hardship and tragedy than anyone deserves.

After a rough childhood, he went on to become a transcendent basketball star and one of the best talents in the NBA.

But his life has spiraled out of control in recent years.


Odom was raised by his grandmother in Jamaica, Queens in New York City. His mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old, and his father was a heroin addict.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


He was a highly touted prospect out of high school and planned to play his college hoops at UNLV. However, UNLV rescinded his scholarship before his freshman year as a result of NCAA academic violations. After sitting out one year, he played at Rhode Island for one season and declared for the draft.

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Source: Sports Illustrated


Odom was drafted fourth overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999. He played for the Clippers from 1999 to 2003.

Source: Chicago Tribune


Odom spent the bulk of his career on the Lakers, where he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011 and won two NBA Championships, in 2009 and 2010.

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Tragedy has followed Odom throughout his life. In 2006, not long after attending a funeral for his mother’s sister, he lost his 6-month-old son to SIDS. The next month, he was robbed at gunpoint.

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Source: ESPN, The New York Times


He’s also been in multiple legal controversies. In 2010, he sued the IRS over tax deductions from NBA fines.

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Read more: Lamar Odom sues the IRS over tax deductions for NBA fines.


And in early 2011 he and Shaquille O’Neil were sued for endorsing allegedly bogus PowerBalance sports bracelets.

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Read more: Shaq and Lamar Odom are being sued for endorsing those bogus PowerBalance bracelets


In 2009, Odom married Khloe Kardashian, and the two starred in their own reality show, “Khloe and Lamar.”

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In 2011, Odom was at the center of the infamous trade to send Chris Paul to the Lakers. Although David Stern ultimately vetoed the trade, Odom nevertheless said he believed his team wanted to trade him because of his reality show.

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Read more: Lamar Odom gets choked up, thinks the Lakers might want to trade him because of his reality show


Odom’s spiral out of the NBA began in 2013, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. He and Mark Cuban reportedly got in a shouting match at halftime of a game and Cuban released him.

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Read more: MESSY BREAK-UP: Lamar Odom and Mark Cuban got into a shouting match before he left the team.


In 2013, back as a member of the Clippers, things went from bad to worse. First, Outside the Lines reported that Odom had misused the funds from his charity, Cathy’s Kids.

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Read more: Khloe Kardashian slams media over reports of Lamar Odom’s mishandled charity funds.


That summer, Odom again made headlines when he flipped out on paparazzi and smashed their camera equipment.

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Read more: Lamar Odom absolutely flips out on paparazzi, throws cameras on the street


In September 2013, Odom was arrested for a DUI and, amid rumors of addiction to crack, checked himself into rehab.

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Read more: Report: Lamar Odom has checked himself into rehab


In December 2013, Kardashian filed for divorce.

Read more: Khloe Kardashian files for divorce from Lamar Odom


He’s reportedly continued to struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Although he’s been out of basketball and mostly out of the public eye, TMZ has occasionally reported run-ins between Odom and Kardashian.

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Source: E! Online, TMZ, Daily Mail


On Tuesday, he was found unconscious at Love Ranch, a brothel in Nevada. He was rushed to the hospital, where he is reportedly on life support. Kardashian and her mom, Kris Jenner, have reportedly been seen at the hospital, as has former teammate Kobe Bryant.

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