Did Lamar Odom think he would ever see the inside of the Staples Center again?
Odom attended his first Los Angeles Lakers games since his overdose in Nevada last year, and fans and friends came out in droves to welcome the former player back courtside. Odom was a guest of Kobe Bryant, reports CBS Sports, who called it a miracle that Odom lived to see the game at all.
“In Vegas, he was [on death’s doorstep]. To see him walking around now, like nothing happened, it’s really a miracle. It’s beyond good to see him,” said Bryant.
Basketball heavyweights Dwayne Wade and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took the time to welcome Odom back to the fold.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 31, 2016
Great to see this: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar checking in with Lamar Odom (photo by AP's Mark Terrill) pic.twitter.com/6nPtPJ92qy
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) March 31, 2016
With friends in such high places, is it only a matter of time before we see Odom suiting up in Lakers gold? After his time spend in a coma last year, there’s no word on whether he is up to the physical demands of playing pro ball, or if he even wants to return to the pressures of the NBA.
Lamar Odom walking into the Staples Center. Amazing. Told me he is feeling good. pic.twitter.com/9QoK9Na1pO
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 31, 2016
With seven seasons as a Laker under his belt, it’s a fair bet that we’ll be seeing more of him courtside this season.