Lamar Odom announces he will play basketball in China

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Rhode Island vs Creighton
Mar 17, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; Former NBA player and Rhode Island Rams aluminum Lamar Odom looks on in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament between the Rams’ and the Creighton Bluejays at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most beloved Lakers of all time is returning to the hardwood.

Five years removed from his final stint in the NBA, Lamar Odom announced on Instagram early on Thursday that he is un-retiring from basketball to play in China. It is not yet clear which team Odom will sign with as he takes his talents overseas.

Odom last played in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, where he first started his career, but was a shell of himself. In the time between that season and Odom’s announcement, the big man has been involved in myriad unfortunate circumstances, including a drug overdose that put him in a coma and put his life at risk.

The 38-year-old seems to have recovered, however, despite reports that he was involved in an altercation that involved gunfire earlier this week. Odom has denied that he was involved and claims he was a bystander.

With his substance abuse issues hopefully behind him, Odom is going back to the sport that he excelled in for most of his 14-year career. As a member of the Lakers, Odom averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game as the pioneer of big men who could handle the ball. Odom won two championships and a Sixth Man of the Year award in seven seasons with the Lakers.

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