Posted September 11, 2013

Lamar Odom denies drug problem, expresses desire to continue NBA career

Ben Golliver, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom averaged 4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Clippers. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

3 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

I am guessing smoking pounds of crack is not great for your cardio either....

potatojoe22
potatojoe22

If you think about it the drug problem would account for his horrible past 2 seasons. You cant tell me that he was that messed up from the lakers trade that he couldnt play like he used to, there was definitely something up.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

He will never play in the NBA again, at least he shouldn't.