Lamar Odom denies drug problem, expresses desire to continue NBA career
Free agent forward Lamar Odom has denied that he has a problem with drugs and expressed a desire to continue his NBA career.
In a brief video interview with TMZSports.com conducted Monday night outside a California restaurant, Odom replied “no” when asked whether he has a drug problem. He said “no” again when asked if he needs professional help.
The 33-year-old Odom is an unrestricted free agent after spending last season with the Clippers, with whom he averaged a career-low four points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. Odom has spent 12 of his 14 NBA seasons in Los Angeles, including five years with the Clippers and seven years with the Lakers, with whom he won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
“Hopefully,” Odom said, when asked whether he would continue playing basketball this season. He later added that he wanted to play for “anybody that’s a fan.”
Odom was recently arrested on DUI charges and contradictory reports surfaced last week that he may or may not have checked into a rehabilitation center. One report indicated that Odom checked out of a rehab clinic after just one day.
Despite those recent headlines, a smiling Odom struck an upbeat tone during the TMZSports.com interview.
“Life is good, right? Life is good,” he said.
ESPN.com reported in August that Odom’s friends were “trying to get him help for an unspecified drug problem” in light of reports that suggested he was “missing” and having marital problems with his wife, reality television star Khloe Kardashian Odom.