Among the many former teammates who showed up in the tribute that aired before Kobe Bryant's final game Wednesday, Lamar Odom received one of the biggest cheers from the Staples Center crowd. That's got little to do with his winning two championships in L.A. and a lot to do with the remarkable recovery he's made from a brush with death last year.
Kobe's farewell game was a coming out for Odom, who hasn't made many public appearances since last October. Not only did he sit court side with his kids and Kanye WEst, but he gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight, his first in months.
“I’ve never been better, especially after tonight,” Odom told ET. Asked what's next for him, Odom said he's planning to get back on the court. "I still got it," he said.
If the "it" he's referring to is confidence, then you can't argue with that. But if it's the skills to play in the NBA, well, we're skeptical. Odom is 36, hasn't played in the league since 2013, and even then only averaged four points a game.
But hey, this is a dude who was all but dead six months ago and now he's chilling at Staples watching Kobe shoot the ball 50 times. Anything is possible.