In a recent appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast hosted by former NFL legend Shannon Sharpe, Lamar Odom shared a story about his deep connection with the late Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant. It was about a dream he had and the profound message the Black Mamba sent him.
"It was very vivid"
Odom’s post-NBA days included drug abuse (that nearly cost him his life), boxing, starting a music and film production company, and among other things – reality TV. This actually began while he was still with the Lakers and got married to Khloe Kardashian. The former Sixth Man of The Year recently joined Celebrity Big Brother. This is were he reconnected with Kobe again.
“He come to me in dreams, too. When I was on the Big Brother house, I was there for 26 days, he came to me, like, in four dreams,” Odom shared on the Club Shay Shay podcast. “The last dream, it was really, real vivid. He said something to me that I’m not gonna ever, ever forget. We were having a shooting contest, and Kobe was so good at shooting the ball because he can step into the ball with either foot, left or right. Then we get to the top of the key and my feet are not right and it's a little deeper and we get to the three-point line, right wing, and he looked back at me, he said, ‘Hello, the afterlife ain’t what people make it up to be.'”
“I didn’t know how to take that," Odom continued. "Did he mean he misses the girls? His mission is not done yet? Get it all in now because you don’t know what to expect? That just stuck with me.”
How the bond was built
Lamar’s connection to Kobe goes way back as the two were teammates at an elite Adidas ABCD basketball high school camp. Soon after, Bean skipped college and went straight to the NBA. When Odom was thinking about whether he should do the same and sign up for the draft, he sought Kobe’s advice.
“When Odom was contemplating whether to skip college and go directly to the NBA, he flew to Los Angeles to seek Bryant’s counsel, staying at Bryant’s house," Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins wrote.
Odom spent his first five NBA seasons playing for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. Then, in 2004, he and Kobe became teammates after the Lakers traded Shaquille O'Neal to Miami.
During his seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, L.O. had the most success in his entire NBA career by winning two championships (2009 and 2010) and becoming the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning squad at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
Unfortunately, it all kind of started going downhill for Odom from there as he was out of the league by 2013. This was followed up with several unsuccessful comeback attempts and overseas episodes leading him to turn to unhealthy habits and a celebrity lifestyle.
However, Lamar seems to be doing better. Hopefully, his encounter with his late friend can keep him on the right track.