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Lamar Odom
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Odom during pre-game warm ups in January 2012.
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Position: Power Forward / Small Forward
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Lamar Joseph Odom
Born: November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06) (age 42)
Queens, New York
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight: 230 lbs (104 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1999 for the Los Angeles Clippers
Final game: 2013 for the Los Angeles Clippers
Career information
High school: Christ the King
(Queens, New York)
(Troy, New York)
St. Thomas Aquinas Prep
(New Britain, Connecticut)
College: Rhode Island (1998-1999)
NBA Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career: 1999-2014 (15 years)
Career history
1999-2003 Los Angeles Clippers
2003-2004 Miami Heat
2004-2011 Los Angeles Lakers
2011-2012 Dallas Mavericks
2012-2013 Los Angeles Clippers
2014 Laboral Kutxa Baskonia
Career highlights and awards
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States.png United States
Summer Olympics
Olympic Bronze Medal.png Bronze 2004 Athens
FIBA World Championship
Olympic Gold Medal.png Gold 2010 Turkey

Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

In high school, Odom received national player of the year honors from Parade in 1997. He played college basketball for the University of Rhode Island, earning all-conference honors during his only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference before turning professional. The Los Angeles Clippers selected Odom with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in the following year; it was during his four seasons with the Clippers, however, that he was twice suspended for violating the league's anti-drug policy. As a restricted free agent, he then signed with the Miami Heat, where he played the 2003–04 season before being traded to the Lakers. Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers, who traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. After the move, his career declined. He was traded back to the Clippers in 2012 and played briefly in Spain in 2014.

Odom played on the United States national team, winning a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2004 and a gold medal in the FIBA World Championship (later known as the World Cup) in 2010.

Odom was married to Khloé Kardashian from 2009 to 2016. During their marriage, Odom made several appearances on the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. He and Kardashian also had their own reality series, Khloé & Lamar. In October 2015, Odom was hospitalized in a comatose state after being discovered unconscious in a Nevada brothel. He later sought treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

Early life and career

Odom was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, to Joe Odom and Cathy Mercer. His father was a heroin addict and his mother died of colon cancer when he was twelve years old.[1][2] He was raised by his grandmother Mildred.[3]

In his first three years of high school, Odom played for Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, New York. He transferred first to Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, New York for the basketball season and then to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britian, Connecticut.[4][5] Odom was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year in 1997.[6] He was named to the USA Today All-USA 1st Team as a senior.[7] During his youth, Odom was teamed with Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers and Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers on the same AAU team.[8]


In 1997, Odom attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and was enrolled in summer classes. Following an academic scandal, an NCAA inquiry found Odom received payments amounting to $5,600 from booster David Chapman.[9] Coach Bill Bayno was fired and UNLV was placed on probation for four years.[10] Odom transferred to the Rhode Island but was forced to sit out the 1997-1998 season.[11]

Odom played one season at Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Conference, where he scored 17.6 points per game and led the Rams to the conference championship in 1999.[12] His three pointer againstTemple at the buzzer[5] gave the Rams their first A-10 Tournament title.

NBA career

Los Angeles Clippers (1999–2003)

Odom with the Clippers.

Odom declared his eligibility for the 1999 NBA Draft after his freshman year at the Rhode Island in 1999.[13] The 6 foot 10 inch forward was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick.[14] In his first season with the Clippers, Odom averaged 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, including 30 points and 12 rebounds in his NBA debut.[15] He was named to the 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team.[16]

Odom was involved in controversy in November 2001 when he was suspended for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months.[17] It is generally accepted that Odom's suspension was for use of marijuana, which is not subject to the NBA's harsher "Drugs of Abuse" rules. At the time, he admitted to smoking marijuana.[17]

He was then a restricted free agent and was acquired by the Miami Heat in the off-season. The Clippers declined to match the Heat's offer for Odom after matching another offer Miami made to Elton Brand.

Miami Heat (2003–2004)

Along with budding superstar Dwyane Wade and the dynamic Caron Butler, Odom had a very notable season with the Miami Heat, in which they advanced to the second round of the playoffs after being 11 games under .500 on March 2.[18] He had a very solid season[19] compared to his sub-par season with the Clippers the previous year.[20] After the season, Odom was traded in a package with Caron Butler and Brian Grant to the Los Angeles Lakers for All-Star Shaquille O'Neal.[21]

Los Angeles Lakers (2004–2011)

Odom in a Lakers vs Spurs game in 2007.

In his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers incurred a left shoulder injury which forced him to miss the end of the 2004-05 season.[22] The Lakers finished out of the playoffs for only the 5th time in franchise history.[23] Following the 2004–05 season, they re-hired former coach Phil Jackson.[24]

In the first half of the 2005-06 season, Odom displayed inconsistency while playing with the Lakers. However, as Los Angeles progressed towards the end of the season, his performance steadily improved. Along the way, he posted consecutive triple-doubles for the first time as a Laker against the Golden State Warriors[25] and Portland Trail Blazers.[26] The Lakers were eliminated in 7 games in the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns, after the Lakers lost a 3–1 series lead.[27]

Battling injuries, Odom was limited to 56 games in the 2006–07 season, but finished with an average of 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.[28] In a rematch of the previous year's series, the Lakers were again defeated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.[29]

After young center Andrew Bynum went down with a knee injury during the 2007-08 season,[30] and Pau Gasol was acquired by the Lakers midseason,[31] Odom played well, averaging 15.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.[32] Odom finished the season with 14.2 ppg 10.6 rpg and 3.5 apg.[33] Odom's numbers were down in the Finals, however, where he averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game,[34] with the Lakers losing in the Finals to the Boston Celtics.[35]

At the beginning of the 208-09 season, Odom was moved to the bench and served as a sixth man, backing up the Lakers' frontcourt of Gasol and Bynum. When Bynum was injured in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in January, Odom returned to the starting lineup. In the month of February, Odom, playing 36 minutes per game, averaged 16.5 points, 13.4 rebounds (4.9 offensive and 9.5 defensive), 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and .9 steals.[36] The February run included a good performance at Quicken Loans Arena at Cleveland. With 15 points in the 3rd quarter, Odom helped the Lakers out of a 12 point deficit to turn it into a 10 point victory, breaking Cleveland's 23 game home win-streak.[37] He finished the game with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists.[38]

Odom adjusted back to his sixth man role when Bynum returned for a April 9 home matchup versus the Denver Nuggets.[39] Odom finished his season with 11.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 blocks with 29.7 minutes per game.[28] He won his first NBA championship when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals.[36]

During the 2009 Los Angeles Lakers off-season as a free agent, Odom was courted heavily by the Miami Heat,[40] the team that traded him to the Lakers in 2004. Despite pleas from Miami guard Dwyane Wade and Heat Executive Pat Riley,[41] Kobe Bryant remained optimistic Odom would return to Los Angeles[42] to team up with newly acquired forward and Odom's fellow New Yorker, Ron Artest. After a month of tedious negotiations, on July 31, 2009 the Lakers announced that they had agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $33 million with Odom.[43] The investment would pay off as Odom would play a crucial role for the Lakers on the way to another NBA Championship, with the Lakers winning over the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals in a rematch from 2008.[44]

Odom in 2011, when he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

Odom continued his strong play for the Lakers with another solid season in the 2010–11 season where he posted career highs in 3 point shooting percentage (.382) and overall field goal percentage (.530).[28] He started 35 games in Bynum's absence during the season and averaged 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in those starts. In 47 games off the bench, Odom averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds in 28.4 minutes.[45] Meeting the requirement to come in as a reserve more games than he started, Odom was awarded the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, becoming the first player in Lakers history to do so.[46][47][48] During the offseason, he considered taking a break from basketball after a close cousin died and Odom was a passenger in a SUV involved in an accident that killed a teenage cyclist.[49]

Dallas Mavericks (2011–2012)

On December 11, 2011, Odom was traded to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks for a first-round draft pick and an $8.9 million trade exception after NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed a proposed three-team trade with the New Orleans Hornets involving Odom that would have sent him to the Hornets, Chris Paul to the Lakers, and Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets. Odom felt "disrespected" after he learned of the Hornets trade publicly, and he requested a trade from the Lakers to another contending team.[50] The Lakers were also concerned that Odom's contract was pricey since he was not needed to initiate the triangle offense with Mike Brown replacing Phil Jackson as Lakers coach.[51] The deal was confirmed by the Mavericks on December 11.[52][53]

On March 2, 2012, Odom was assigned to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He had missed the prior three games due to personal reasons.[54] His stint with the Legends was canceled on March 3, 2012 and he returned to the Mavs' active roster.[55] On March 24, Odom did not play in a 104–87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the first time he could remember not playing due to a coach's decision.[49]

On April 9, 2012, it was announced that Odom had parted ways with the Mavericks. Instead of releasing him, the team listed Odom inactive for the remainder of the season. The move allows the Mavericks to possibly trade him at the end of the season. In a statement to ESPN, Odom said, "I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship."[56] Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted that a clash between the two during halftime in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 7 was the last straw. Odom reportedly responded angrily when Cuban questioned his commitment, asking if he was "in or out."[57]

Return to Los Angeles Clippers (2012-2013)

Odom eventually got his wish. After his season with the Mavs, Odom would be sent back to the Clippers during the deal that involved the Chris Paul trade to the Clippers.

In July 2013, Odom became a free agent, but did not land an NBA contract despite some interest from the Clippers in his return. The Lakers also contemplated re-signing him, but both teams committed to other players instead.

Laboral Kutxa Baskonia (2014)

On February 18, 2014, Odom signed with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia of the Spanish League and the EuroLeague on a two-month deal with an option to extend it for the remainder of the season. A month later, he returned to the United States due to a back injury after his personal doctors in New York ruled him unfit to play out his contract. He appeared in just two games for Baskonia.

New York Knicks (2014)

On April 16, 2014, Odom signed with the New York Knicks for the remainder of the 2013–14 season, but did not appear in the team's season finale. The Knicks finished with a 37–45 win/loss record and missed the playoffs. On July 11, 2014, he was waived by the Knicks.

Return (2018–2019)

Odom planned to enter the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in early 2018, but concluded that he was not fit enough. In December 2018, he joined Philippine club Mighty Sports which was set to play in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Tournament on February 1–9, 2019. The roster included fellow imports Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris, together with local amateur, former professional and Fil-Am basketball players.

Odom considered his Dubai stint to be preparation for his re-entry to professional basketball, particularly in the Big3, a US-based 3x3 basketball league founded by rapper Ice Cube. He was named a co-captain of the Enemies squad, but struggled in his first game before he was deactivated for the 2019 season by the BIG3.

National basketball team

Chauncey Billups (left) and Odom holding 2010 FIBA World Championship trophy.

Odom played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for the US national team, averaging 9.3 ppg while helping the US to a bronze medal.[58] He was invited to play for the FIBA World Championships for 2006, but declined the invitation because of the tragic death of his son[59] and in 2007 because of a shoulder injury.[60]

Odom would, however, be invited back for the National Team's run at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey where the US would win Gold for the first time since 1994.[61] Odom, being one of the elder statesmen on a young US squad, served as a mentor for many of the younger players[62] and even played out of position at Center for the tournament.[62] He led the US in rebounds and finished the FIBA championships with double-doubles in the semi-final[63] and championship games[64] while becoming the first player in history to win both an NBA championship and FIBA Gold in the same year.[61]

Personal life

Odom was featured in Pro Skater Rob Dyrdek's MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, and is planning to invest in an L.A. restaurant with Dyrdek. He also made a cameo appearance in the music video for "We Made It" by Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park. Odom also has his own music and film production company, Rich Soil Entertainment.[17] He appeared in a Taco Bell commercial with Charles Barkley during Super Bowl XLIV.[65] Additionally, Odom made a cameo on the second season of the hit HBO show Entourage. Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, were guests at the wedding of basketball player Carmelo Anthony and entertainer La La Vazquez on July 10, 2010 at Cipriani's in New York City.[66]

Odom is noted for his fondness for candy. Wrigley made a replica of the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy out of candy in celebration of the Lakers' victory in the 2009 NBA Finals, and Odom's name is featured on the base.[67]

Odom has three children, Destiny (1998), Lamar Jr. (2002), and Jayden (born December 15, 2005), with his ex-girlfriend Liza Morales.[17] On June 29, 2006, Odom's 6½-month-old infant son Jayden died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) while sleeping in his crib in New York.[14][68]

In September 2009, Odom married Khloé Kardashian.[69][70] Their wedding was featured on the E! reality-based series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, on which Khloé is a regular, with Odom appearing in a handful of episodes. On December 29, 2010, E! announced that it was planning another spinoff from the series featuring Lamar, Khloé and his two children from his previous relationship. The new series debuted on April 10, 2011.[71]

NBA career statistics

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks] per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

[1999–00] L.A. Clippers 76 70 36.4 .438 .360 .719 7.8 4.2 1.2 1.2 16.6
2000–01 L.A. Clippers 76 74 37.3 .460 .316 .679 7.8 5.2 1.0 1.6 17.2
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 29 25 34.4 .419 .190 .656 6.1 5.9 .8 1.2 13.1
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 49 47 34.3 .439 .326 .777 6.7 3.6 .9 .8 14.6
2003–04 Miami Heat 80 80 37.5 .430 .298 .742 9.7 4.1 1.1 .9 17.1
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 64 64 36.3 .473 .308 .695 10.2 3.7 .7 1.0 15.2
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 80 80 40.3 .481 .372 .690 9.2 5.5 .9 .8 14.8
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 56 56 39.3 .468 .297 .700 9.8 4.8 .9 .6 15.9
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 77 77 37.9 .525 .274 .698 10.6 3.5 1.0 .9 14.2
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 78 32 29.7 .492 .320 .623 8.2 2.6 1.0 1.3 11.3
2009–10 L.A. Lakers 82 38 31.5 .463 .319 .693 9.8 3.3 .9 .7 10.8
2010–11 L.A. Lakers 82 35 32.2 .530 .382 .675 8.7 3.0 .6 .7 14.4
2011–12 Dallas Mavericks 50 4 20.5 .352 .252 .592 4.2 1.7 .4 .4 6.6
Career 879 682 34.7 .465 .317 .696 8.6 3.9 .9 .9 14.2


2004 Miami 13 13 39.4 .445 .308 .681 8.3 2.8 1.2 .8 16.8
2006 L.A. Lakers 7 7 44.9 .495 .200 .667 11.0 4.9 .4 1.1 19.1
2007 L.A. Lakers 5 5 38.4 .482 .273 .500 13.0 2.2 .4 1.2 19.4
2008 L.A. Lakers 21 21 37.4 .491 .273 .661 10.0 3.0 .7 1.3 14.3
2009 L.A. Lakers 23 5 32.0 .524 .514 .613 9.1 1.8 .7 1.4 12.3
2010 L.A. Lakers 23 0 29.0 .469 .244 .600 8.6 2.0 .6 .9 9.7
2011 L.A. Lakers 10 1 28.6 .459 .200 .711 6.5 2.1 .2 .4 12.1
Career 102 52 34.2 .482 .299 .644 9.1 2.5 .7 1.1 13.5


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