Welcome Back: Lamar Odom To Play In His First Pro Basketball Game In Five Years
"I hope to be as explosive as I used to be."
After a tumultuous few years away from basketball, it looks like Lamar Odom is ready for his big comeback.
The former Los Angeles Laker and Clippers player announced via Instagram that he will be returning to professional basketball as a member of a team representing the Philippines. The game will be the Dubai International Basketball Championship early next year. This will be his first professional game since 2013.
“It’s been a minute since I've professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be,” the eager 39-year-old wrote on the social media site, accompanying a photo of him in a number 7 jersey for the Philippines team.
Odom, a two-time NBA champ, also notes in the post that he was hoping to be ready to play for the Chinese Basketball Association, but recovery from multiple strokes and heart attacks associated with a near-fatal drug overdose in 2015 put the goal on the back burner.
“Im not giving up and going in full force !! Patience and moving FORWARD is KEY!” he continued before thanking his team, family and fans for their undying support.
Good luck, Mr. Odom, and congrats on your continued recovery.
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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