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Former NBA player Lamar Odom‘s tangle with hard drugs nearly killed him, but it didn’t rob him of his ability to talk about a dangerous dance with his demons.
He’s sober now, he wrote in a revealing story for The Players’ Tribune, but says it’s “an everyday struggle” to stay that way.
Lamar Odom, taking in a Heat-Lakers game in 2016, says he “shook hands with death” but is now sober.
Odom lost nearly everything in a very public way because of his addiction — his NBA career and marriage to Khloe Kardashian, chief among them — after being found comatose in October 2015 in a Las Vegas-area brothel. Odom detailed what led him to the hospital, where he had 12 strokes and two heart attacks.
“At some point, the main doctor came in and told me what had happened,” Odom wrote. “He said, ‘Mr. Odom, you’ve been in a coma for the last four days. Do you understand?’ I couldn’t talk. So I just nodded. He said, ‘It’s a miracle that you’re here. We didn’t think you were going to make it.'”
Odom says he was in shock and felt helpless for…click here to continue reading