Former NBA star and teammate of the late Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom has penned an emotional tribute following his death. He says Kobe taught him well both on the court and beyond the court.
Lamar says he has had his fair share of pain and losses, recounting how he lost his son and how he suffered a coma, adding that, if God had asked him to die at that point in lieu of Kobe, he would have that happened.
“No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have come to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother, I’m up at 4 am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥.”
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant