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.
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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
“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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