Former Los Angeles Lakers champion Lamar Odom will officially be a part of the Big 3, the all-retiree basketball tournament created by rapper Ice Cube. Odom, who has seldom played basketball since leaving the NBA in 2013, will be a co-captain of the Enemies, alongside former Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, according to his social media.
The full roster includes Perry Jones III, Royce White, Craig Smith and Frank Robinson. The Enemies will be coached by NBA great Rick Mahorn.
Odom joins Josh Powell and Metta World Peace as former Lakers teammates from the last championship team to play in the Big 3.
Earlier this week, Odom told Stefan Bondy about the recurring effects of his strokes and coma suffered in 2015, ranging from short-term memory loss to feeling off-balance. The former sixth man of the year played with a Filipino team in a tournament in Dubai in February but has otherwise not competed since his almost fatal accident.
He credited LeBron James’ 82-game season last year and his dominance in leading the Cavaliers to the Finals again for inspiring him to get back on the court.
Whether Odom can captivate audiences with his dribble moves and sleek layups again, I think it’s safe to say we are all rooting for one of the biggest fan favorites in franchise history as he continues to move past an almost tragic event to lead a new, healthy life.