Sources have been talking about Lamar Odom’s emotional instability the past few seasons, and now it has been revealed that the former Lakers star has been struggling with substance abuse, and was even rumored to have been smoking crack.
TMZ originally broke the story, and then reported that L.O. had been missing and family and friends could not find him. Now Odom’s agent says that he is safe, and wife Khloe Kardashian is with him in a Los Angeles hotel room. Friends and family are working on trying to help the one-time Sixth Man of the Year, and two-time NBA champion.
Free-agent forward Lamar Odom is in a Los Angeles hotel, where friends are trying to get him help for an unspecified drug problem, a source told ESPN on Monday.
The information comes after Odom's agent refuted a TMZ report Sunday that his client had been missing for 72 hours after a dispute with his wife, Khloe Kardashian.
Agent Jeff Schwartz would not reveal Odom's whereabouts, telling ESPN.com's Marc Stein earlier Monday: "Lamar is not missing. His wife knows exactly where he is."
No other details have been confirmed, and his agent hints that Lamar is still interested in returning to the NBA this year, as he was earlier rumored to possibly rejoin the Lakers. Substance abuse could help explain why the NBA forward lost his mind on paparazzi this summer when they questioned him about his alleged infidelity to his wife Khloe.
Let’s hold off on any judgements and just be happy that he is safe, and with his family. Hopefully we can see him return to an NBA court in the not-too-distant future and even regain form.