Former Los Angeles Laker forward Lamar Odom has been very candid about his troubled past, and recently he opened up about how leaving L.A. changed him.
“Odom, 37, never wanted to leave here, and his trade from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 offseason still haunts him.”
Charina goes on to quote Odom:
“That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom told The Vertical. “I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.
“I got traded the season after we lost to Dallas in the playoffs, and I had won Sixth Man of the Year for the team. To trade me after winning Sixth Man of the Year … what else do I got to do? Why?
“I think about it all the time, about how much I had left in the tank. I had issues going on. But barring injury, could I play in the NBA today? I could play. I should still be playing.”
— Tymell Murphy (@TyeCrane_) August 25, 2017
Odom’s dark past has been well documented. He recently opened up in a piece in the Player’s Tribune where he discussed his struggle with drugs and alcohol while being in the league, and the Las Vegas brothel overdose that put him in a coma on life support after suffering multiple seizures and kidney failure.
Today, Odom is healthy and based on all accounts sober.
He has slowly made his way back into the public eye since his brush with death, which includes spending a lot of time at the Lakers’ training facility and with L.A.’s coaching staff, led by ex-teammate Luke Walton.
Odom is even in talks with the Lakers to sign a one-day contract with L.A. toa retire in purple and gold.
Considering how much Odom meant to the Lakers’ organization and how much the Lakers meant to him, it’s only right that the franchise orchestrates a way to bring him back to the team he should have never left, and allow him to retire as one of the best players to wear a Lakers Jersey.