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.
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
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.