Amidst all of his personal turmoil, it’s sometimes easy to forget Lamar Odom was one hell of a player.
Born in Queens, the University of Rhode Island star was drafted by the LA Clippers with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
During his four seasons with the Clippers, the gifted forward produced plays like this stunning alley-oop assist for Darius Miles.
After a season with the Miami Heat, Odom spent the best years of his career with the LA Lakers, including championships in 2009 and ’10.
His combination with Kobe Bryant was a key element of the Lakers’ success.
Described by Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak called him “the most popular player in our locker room”, Odom’s subsequent one-season stints with the Dallas Mavericks and back at the Clippers saw a steady decline, finishing his career in 2014 with a brief stay at Spanish club Saki Baskonia.