Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Says Former Teammate Lamar Odom ‘Doing Good’

121211-sports-lamar-odom-kobe-bryant

Despite suffering a season ending injury, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has remained busy lately as he spends his time finishing and promoting his upcoming documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse.

— Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! —

His recent stops have included interviews with Grantland and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Bryant also recently sat down with USA Today’s Sam Amick and revealed he still talks to his former teammate, Lamar Odom:

He’s doing good. He’s doing good, man. I’ve talked to him during some of the low times for him, and I think during those moments it’s funny how sports can be really impactful because I used what we did as a team, and the toughness and the mental fortitude and shared some stories to kind of remind him of that journey, right? And to take him back to that place, to hopefully get him to find that place again and get himself out of this thing.

As teammates, Bryant and Odom won two NBA championships together. Odom was a key component of the Lakers winning as he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011, the same year the Lakers saw their quest for three straight titles come to an end. In response, the front office looked to retool their roster and included Odom in a trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

Of course, the trade was vetoed by then NBA commissioner David Stern, who was in charge of the ownerless New Orleans Hornets. Odom, however, didn’t receive the news well. He felt betrayed over the trade and asked the Lakers to move him. Instead of being dealt to New Orleans, the Lakers sent Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.

After joining the Mavericks, Odom’s career went downhill as he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. While Phil Jackson attempted to give him a chance with the New York Knicks, Odom was waived and has not returned to the NBA since then.

[divide]

Lakers Ronnie Price Out For Season


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Frank Vogel Aware Of ‘Imperfect’ Los Angeles Lakers Lineup

The Los Angeles Lakers had an extremely busy offseason making personnel changes that would add extra depth…

Lamar Odom: Dealing with the Fall Out of Trade to Mavericks

“Being happy is most definitely not a choice. Choosing to be happy…

Less Playing Time For The Five-Time Champ & The Top NBA News

Top Story: Besides Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher is the other “main man”…

Lakers News: LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Russell Westbrook Make ESPN’s Top 100 Players List

The Los Angeles Lakers were well-represented on the ESPN’s Top-100 Players list as LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook…