American retired professional basketball player Lamar Joseph Odom. He won championships in 2009 and 2010 while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and in 2011 he has voted the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Odom was named the national high school player of the year by Parade in 1997.
Before becoming a pro, he played collegiate basketball for the University of Rhode Island, where he won all-conference accolades in his lone season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Los Angeles Clippers selected Odom as the number four choice in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft.
Where Was Lamar Odom Born And Raised?
On November 6, 1979, Lamar Joseph Odom was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Odom experienced a difficult upbringing. He was 12 when his mother passed away from colon cancer. His father was a heroin user. His grandmother Mildred raised him.
Odom was a basketball all-star at the three high schools he attended—Christ The King Regional High School, Redemption Christian Academy, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Odom was selected to the Parada All-American First Team, USA Today All-USC First Team, and Parade Player of the Year teams in 1997.
Odom considered joining the NBA right out of high school but ultimately decided he wasn’t prepared. A scholarship from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was awarded to Odom.
What Is Lamar Odom’s Net Worth?
Lamar Odom is a professional basketball player from the United States worth $30 million. Lamar Odom made money to fund his financial success as a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Lamar made a total salary of $115 million during his NBA career (pre-tax). The Lakers paid him $14 million in the 2008–2009 season, his highest earning one.
When Did Lamar Odom Start His Career?
After his first year at the University of Rhode Island, the Los Angeles Clippers selected this 6 foot 10 inch forward as the fourth overall choice in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was chosen for the 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team due to his outstanding rookie campaign.
He played alongside another young rookie, Dwyane Wade, for the Miami Heat in the 2003–2004 season. After the campaign, Lamar was moved to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a package deal for All-Star Shaquille O’Neal. He was a Lakers player from 2004 to 2011. He was a member of the Clippers from 2012 to 2013 and the Dallas Mavericks from 2011 to 2012.
On February 18, 2014, Odom agreed to a two-month contract with the option to extend it for the balance of the season with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia of the Spanish League and the Euroleague. He was determined to be able to complete his contract owing to a back issue a month later. He only participated in two games for Baskonia. He finished the 2013–2014 NBA season with the New York Knicks.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he competed for the United States national basketball team, averaging 9.3 points per game and winning a bronze medal.
What Is Happening In Lamar Odom’s Personal Life?
Odom and his ex-girlfriend Liza Morales had a long-term romance. Together, the couple gave birth to three children: Jayden was born in 2005, Lamar Jr. was born in 2002, and Destiny was born in 1998. Sadly, Jayden died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on June 29, 2006.
After a month of dating, Odom wed Khloé Kardashian in September 2009. The Kardashian family reality program “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” featured their wedding. Odom’s fame was elevated to a whole new level by the show. Khloé and Lamar were so well-liked that E! offered them their performance, “Khloé & Lamare,” which starred them and Lamar’s children Destiny and Lamar Jr. It premiered in April 2011. Two seasons later, it was discontinued.
Odom was detained and accused of driving under the influence in late August 2013. He declined to take the on-site chemical drug test. On December 9, he was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to complete three months of alcohol abuse treatment after entering a no-contest plea to the DUI. A few days later, Khloé requested the legal restoration of her last name in her divorce petition from Lamar.
Odom was discovered unconscious at the Love Ranch, a sanctioned brothel in Nevada, in October 2015. Kidney failure required him to be hospitalized. He has experienced numerous heart attacks and strokes. He was unconscious and on life support. While remaining by his side, Kardashian withdrew her divorce petition. She formally filed for divorce a second time in December 2016. Odom fully recovered.
Odom paid under $3 million in 2003 for an 8,557-square-foot estate in the Miami suburb of Pinecrest, Florida. After being dealt by the Miami Heat, he kept the home and rented it out for $20,000 a month. He attempted to sell the house for a few years.
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He listed the home for $5.2 million in April 2017, dropped the price to $4.5 million, and then again to $4.1 million. Odom relisted the house in October 2017 for $3.8 million; in January 2018, he reduced the price to $3.4 million. He relisted it for $3.6 million one month later.
Odom (and Kardashian) sold their marital residence, an 8,000-square-foot house in Tarzana, California’s Mullholland Park district, for $5.499 million in 2014. Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory purchased the home. Keep yourself updated with all the latest news from our website Newswatchlist.com and get all the recent updates.