"It Seems Rather Surreal"

Lamar Odom has not felt the pain that came upon hearing of Kobe Bryant’s death since the passing of his son in 2006. The former Lakers players shared his feelings with Good Morning Britain earlier this week.

“It seems rather surreal,” Lamar told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. “This feels like a long-lasting nightmare. I’m going to miss him dearly,” Lamar revealed. “I’m just blessed that I was able to rub shoulders with that man and have a little bit of that magical dust sprinkled off on me.”


Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant were Lakers teammates from 2004 until 2011. Lamar was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, which is a move that the former athlete claimed ultimately ended his career.

Lamar’s son, Jayden Odom, passed away two years after the celebrity father joined the Lakers. Kobe Bryant helped Lamar get through such a tumultuous time in life.

“I haven’t really felt pain or a shock like this since my son passed away in 2006,” Odom said of Kobe’s death during his interview with Good Morning Britain. “There wasn’t any pain that could stop him,” Lamar said of Kobe’s work ethic.

“He was always the first one to practice, [and] the last one to leave. His willingness to put in the work at being great, it really rubbed off on me. We were able to win two championships [as a team], so I’m thinking it even rubbed off on the rest of my teammates.”

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Photo: Good Morning Britain/YouTube



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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