Report: Former Lakers Star Comes Out Of Retirement
Lamar Odom gave up professional basketball in 2014 and since then, life hasn’t been kind so him. He has had some pretty rough few years including a near-death experience in 2015, when he was found at a Nevada brothel.
Fortunately, he has recovered well enough from that incident to decide to return to the basketball once again, announcing that he is coming out of retirement.
The 38-year old New York native is set to play in China, with Stephon Marbury’s lauded overseas career serving as his inspiration.
I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day from The Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I’m returning to play Basketball. I will be playing in China ! God is good ! Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years. Never give up on yourself and keep believing that only god can create the miracles you’re hoping for. Basketball and my children have always been the light in my life and this is where my focus is right now. Thank you @mr2rchiang and @iamzoul @georgeboss77 for believing in me and the opportunity to start over again! Thank you @starburymarbury for being my inspiration ???❤ LETS GOO ! #china #basketball #yes
In a previous Instagram post, Odom announced that he was making a big change to his locale by accepting a new management deal with the 90 Plus Group that would relocate him to Shenzhen, China. The since deleted post read in part,
“It’s a huge step for me and I feel so happy to be writing new episodes of my life in another country that’s so HUGE in basketball.”
While a return to the NBA is probably not a possibility, the fact that Odom is healthy enough to play and his decision to return on the right track are wonderful news.