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Lamar Odom I’m 100% Gunning For BIG3 Glory … But Kobe Ain’t

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Lamar Odom says what you’ve heard is true … he’s coming for a BIG3 championship … but if you think he’s going to be doing it alongside his old Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant, YOU’RE WRONG.

We got Lamar out in Beverly Hills looking lean and healthy — remember, this man had 12 strokes and 6 heart attacks after nearly dying of a drug overdose three years ago — and he says he’s ready to play again.

“Yeah, I’mma play. You gotta go to the combine and all that, so I’m in shape working out.”

Odom says he’s coming for the championship, but when we ask him if there’s any hope he’ll be doing it with Kobe, the guy he won two NBA rings with … not likely.

“I mean that’s that far-fetched. Maybe, if he were to come, hopefully I could play with him but that’s far-fetched.”

Ice Cube has said in the past he wanted Kobe to take a crack at the BIG3 … but we gotta believe L.O. is right when he says it’s not likely.

So, maybe no Kobe … but Lamar did tell us which ex-NBA guy he DOES want to play with in the BIG3, and the dude he chose can still hoop, FOR REAL.

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Ice Cube Hopes Lamar Odom Joins BIG3 … ‘He’s Still Gotta Try Out’

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Ice Cube is jacked up for Lamar Odom‘s dreams of a pro basketball comeback … but he says there is a catch if the ex-Laker wants to make it in the BIG3 …

“He’s still gotta try out like everybody else.”

Yup … Ice Cube ain’t doing the 2-time NBA champ any favors — telling TMZ Sports, L.O.’s gotta work out just like the rest of the ballers who want in on his 3-on-3 league.

But … Cube tells us video he saw recently of Odom on the court and in the gym was promising — and he’s hopeful Lamar can make a squad.

That said, Cube notes that Odom was training in a gym without elite players trying to shut him down — and the game is A LOT different when there’s a defense on the court. 

Cube’s advice on the next steps Odom needs to take to make it? “Get healthy, get in shape and get to the combine!”

Seems Lamar’s already on it …

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Ice Cube Hopes Lamar Odom Joins BIG3 … ‘He’s Still Gotta Try Out’

EXCLUSIVE

Ice Cube is jacked up for Lamar Odom‘s dreams of a pro basketball comeback … but he says there is a catch if the ex-Laker wants to make it in the BIG3 …

“He’s still gotta try out like everybody else.”

Yup … Ice Cube ain’t doing the 2-time NBA champ any favors — telling TMZ Sports, L.O.’s gotta work out just like the rest of the ballers who want in on his 3-on-3 league.

But … Cube tells us video he saw recently of Odom on the court and in the gym was promising — and he’s hopeful Lamar can make a squad.

That said, Cube notes that Odom was training in a gym without elite players trying to shut him down — and the game is A LOT different when there’s a defense on the court. 

Cube’s advice on the next steps Odom needs to take to make it? “Get healthy, get in shape and get to the combine!”

Seems Lamar’s already on it …

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Lamar Odom: I Had 12 Strokes and 6 Heart Attacks During My Coma!

In 2015, Lamar Odom's health crisis terrified his fans, his loved ones, and especially his then-soon-to-be-ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian.

Despite the salacious circumstances — he was rushed to the hospital from a brothel, after all — there are still things that we don't know about that scary time.

Now, Lamar is opening up about how close things got — and this is one for the medical textbooks.

Kevin Hart has a new sports-based comedy series called Cold as Balls.

In it, he sits down with Lamar Odom in icewater — a common tactic for athletes to reduce swelling and to flush lactic acid out of their bodies. For Hart's show, it's just a gimmick.

Lamar tells Hart exactly how bad things got during his famous 2015 health crisis.

"All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle," Lamar reveals.

Lamar then makes an astounding statement: "I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma,” 

12 strokes is more than most entire families have. And he had them while he was in a coma.

And, in case it needs saying, 6 is a lot of heart attacks for one person to have.

“Every day, I’m alive," Lamar says.

You know what? He sure is.

"It’s much better than the alternative," Lamar says, stating the obvious.

Even if you hold religious convictions that tell you that you have a pleasant afterlife ot anticipate, nobody is in a rush to get there. Life is life.

Lamar says that his "anxiety" and "bad decisions" were two huge factors behind his addiction struggles.

But though no one expects an athlete his age to nearly lose his life at a brothel, he says that he was surprised and awed to wake up with Khloe by his side.

"That was big," Lamar reveals.

Khloe, as you may recall, brought their divorce process to a grinding halt so that she could continue to have spousal visitations and spousal rights while he remained in the hospital.

Though he was grateful that Khloe and her family were so supportive during his recovery, he does admit that stress from his role in their family weighed heavily on him.

Shacking up with a Kardashian was a huge part of his life, and it had its drawbacks.

"It f–ked with my head, bro," he tells Hart. 

"It made it tough to go outside," Lamar explains. "Every day, waking up, watching TMZ seeing if you’re going to be on it for the wrong reasons."

Some celebrities become consumed by media coverage of them. For someone married to a Kardashian, it's almost mandatory.

"It’s not a comfortable feeling," Lamar understates.

In case you need a reminder, Lamar is 38 years old.

He was only 35 when this health crisis nearly claimed his life. A combination of his height, the stress that being a professional athlete can put on your body, and some inadvisable choices could have sent him to an early grave.

(Seriously, imagine if Khloe were a widow)

All of this talk about his brush with death is kind of a bummer, and it should be.

But can we just say what our favorite part of the interview was? It was when Lamar let Kevin Hart try on his two NBA championship rings. 

Hart replies that the rings would fit better on his legs than on his fingers.

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Lamar Odom Makes HUGE Announcement About His Future

Lamar Odom is finally getting back together with his one true love.

No, not Khloe Kardashian.

We just realized how you may have gotten that impression.

Instead, however, Odom has confirmed that he’s actually agreed on a deal to revive his basketball career.

Not in the NBA, though.

“I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day from The Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I’m returning to play Basketball,” Odom captioned an Instagram post on Thursday afternoon, adding:

“I will be playing in China! God is good!”

Wow. We didn’t expect to hear this announcement.

Heck, the last we had heard about Odom, he was involved in a shootout while hanging out at a Hooters.

Odom hasn’t played professionally since his stint with the Clippers in 2012-2013.

About two years after hanging it up, seemingly for the last time, Odom nearly died.

As you likely know by now, he overdosed while inside a Nevada brothel — and it was believed, for a decent period of time afterward, that he might not even walk or talk again.

“Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years,” Odom continued in today’s post.

“Never give up on yourself and keep believing that only god can create the miracles you’re hoping for.

“Basketball and my children have always been the light in my life and this is where my focus is right now.”

Odom had previously teased his move to China in a since-deleted Instagram post on July 10, writing at the time:

“Happy & proud to announce that I have signed a global management contract with my new @NinetyPlusOfficial family.

“I feel so happy to be writing new episodes of my life in another country that’s so huge in basketball. I am so grateful to have you all as my supporting fans through my ups and downs.”

Odom averaged 13.3 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game during his NBA career.

He was among the more versatile players in the league, although he never fulfilled his potential due to an ongoing drug addiction.

The same thing could basically be said about his marriage to Khloe.

It lasted a little over four years and it was marred by multiple instances of Odom either falling off the wagon, cheating or doing both at once.

To this day, sources will claim that Odom is still trying to win Khloe back over, as he’s never shied away from discussing his strong feelings for her.

If that romantic ship had not sailed before, however, it certainly hasnow.

Because ain’t no way Khloe is taking her daughter all the way to China. Sorry, Lammy.

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