Won't continue 2 speak on this but I have got 2 let this out real quick. I have let this man and many others get away with a lot of sh--. He wasn't there 2 raise me. He was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons. He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return.[The Kardashians] are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time.
Lamar Odom Quotes
That was cool. He can ball. And he plays lefty, so he has a unique way of thinking and doing things. He asked me, 'How's married life treating you?' I was like, 'Oh, okay.' He's hip. He knows what's going on. It was amazing. My grandmother was born in 1923 in Georgia in the segregated South, so the significance of this was pretty big to me.
At the end of the day, he gotta keep it real with me a lil’ bit. I’m not asking him to be a father. I’m just asking him to act like you are my father.
Joe had demons and battles that he had to overcome. And he lost time. You know, there’s some people that are having a hard day, lay down and take a nap at two and they wake up, its five in the afternoon. When Joe woke up, 17 years had passed. And I was already a grown man.
I witnessed things that a 10-year-old definitely wasn’t supposed to see… My father is somebody I’d do anything for, but yet I still won’t let get too close. It’s hard for me to speak up on it and get it through to Khloe because she grew up so different.
Our relationship is completely different from the normal father/son relationship. My father’s a heroin addict. I was six-years-old when my parents split up. I grew up with my mother and my grandmother. We lived in Queens in a rough neighborhood. I had my mother around until I was 12 years old when she passed away and after that my father wasn’t around.
That's just how gossip works, you know? You can't stop it. Because at the time, with us being so successful -- me in basketball and her show doing so well -- it was too big. It was too huge. It caught people off guard. It looked as though we had too much to gain. That let me know, damn, it's a big deal. Even the wedding was big. The list of her family friends was crazy. Those were her people showing up, showing their love. For some people that was too much to even think about. And it was quick. I guess that just added to the speculation -- 'Why can't they wait?' I didn't want to wait.
Yeah, um, I can't cuss. That's not where I wanted to be. No disrespect to anybody on that team or the city or the ownership. But it's not a place that I wanted to be after playing for the Lakers, a team that contends for a championship. That's what you expect to be around. It was hard for me to picture myself there starting over.
When people see us in person, they see Khloé's not small. I'm not small. People see us and are probably like, Damn, I wonder how that looks. We wouldn't have anything to be ashamed about, but no, that's not going down.
I was kind of surprised at how intelligent she was. You don't know what to expect. Next thing I know I'm spending every day with her. We just hit it off.
There's unity in Istanbul, where 99 percent are Muslim. In America, we're divided, even within Christianity. Presbyterians, Catholics, Baptists -- there's no unity. Too often, religion means infighting and holy wars and territory.
I see the game a lot different. I know what’s important. There’s only one thing that’s really important and that’s winning. A lot of people say that but they might not be committed to it or they might not really mean it. There are a lot of guys who wouldn’t be able to start for nine seasons, 10 seasons then decide to come off the bench. But the only thing that’s important to me — in learning so much from Phil, from Kobe, even from Mr. [Jerry] Buss — is win. You see the game a lot different.
It's a dream come true. I get to play on the Lakers with one of my childhood friends (Ron Artest). I get to play for an NBA championship with a team I'm familiar with.
It’s funny because the games I play well are the games I ate candy for breakfast. Game 6 and game 7 I ate candy for breakfast. Now and laters and skittles. It’s the reason why I got the double digits and points and rebounds. I guess I’m gonna have to eat candy for breakfast in order to play well.
I've experienced it before -- my mother, my grandmother. What keeps me strong is he died on the same day as my grandmother.
Sometimes, I need to be by myself, whether it's a week or two weeks. My family has been understanding. There was a time when I thought basketball wasn't going to be able to heal the wound.
A lot of times I'd think about it and say, 'Damn, am I fighting my father's demons with this?' I just couldn't control myself in L.A. I look back at it, the lifestyle that I was living and the things I had access to, it could have been something else.
I chose to experiment with marijuana, that’s why I’m here right now. I’ll be receiving counseling, that’s not rehab. I’m here today because I failed. I’m disappointed in myself. I don’t want to put anybody in this position again. I’m sorry, but I don’t want everybody to feel sorry for me. I made the mistake once, now it’s twice. I feel like I can get through it, I know I can get through it, I’m strong enough. Nothing I can say is going to make people believe me, I’ve just got to do it.