Former Lakers forward Lamar Odom is returning to the court.
Odom hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013, but he announced Tuesday that he’ll be competing in the Dubai International Basketball Championship on Feb. 1.
I’d like to announce that I will be playing in The Dubai International Basketball Championship this February 1st 2019 !!!!!!! 🏀I will be representing team @mightysports_ph from the Philippines with my 4ever #7 ! To me this is a great warming up for the @thebig3 !! It’s been a minute since I’ve professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be! I was hoping to be ready for the Chinese CBA earlier this year but I didn’t feel that I was physically were I wanted to be. ( yet) I needed more time to recover from my multiple strokes and hearts attacks. Im not giving up and going in full force !! Patience and moving FORWARD is KEY! Special thanks to @femaleagentsr @charlestiu for making me part of this amazing tournament in Dubai! #teamreyes ! This wouldn’t be possible without the support of my kids, @destiny_odom @lamar.morales.odom, MY FANS, my team @jared_dyem @bryantaustin23 @xpesports @billythakid23 @m2exec @showtimepersonaldevelopment @willvlo @therealyasin @ninetyplusofficial @mr2rchiang @chaselucid @saamzangenehlaw @hemplucid ! Thanks @iamzoul for building the road to my comeback life chapter ! LETSGOO 💪🏿#newpages #2019 #dubai #manila #basketball
Odom won the NBA Finals twice in his seven seasons with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He also won the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
The Clippers drafted Odom No. 4 overall in the 1999 NBA Draft and he averaged 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his rookie season.
In recent years, Odom has struggled with addiction. He declared himself “sober now,” in a July 2017 piece for The Players Tribune , but added that “it’s an everyday struggle.”