Lamar Odom will prepare for his 2019 BIG3 debut by playing in the Dubai International Basketball Championship in February.
It was first reported in November that after attending a BIG3 game in LA, former Lakers great and Queens legend Lamar Odom was inspired to join Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 pro league for its upcoming third season.
With the season looming closer, Odom has announced on IG that he will be playing in the Dubai International Basketball Championship on Feb. 1 as a warm up for the BIG3 season. Odom’s international return to the hardwood will be his first pro season since he retired from the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013.
Odom, 38, played 14 years in the NBA, winning back-to-back NBA Championships playing alongside Kobe Bryant in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. His marriage to Khloe Kardashian and his struggles with mental health and substance abuse have been well documented and he seems to be in a healthy space in life right now.
Basketball will probably be his best therapy and the key to his sobriety. Everything seemed to go downhill when he left the game.
Odom’s return to the court at a pro level is what BIG3 basketball is all about. When Ice Cube conceived his plan for the league, he envisioned former champions and All-Stars — short of 40 years of age with a name that still buzzes and some gas left in the tank — making it a major sports attraction.
Odom’s been working out and getting in shape in preparation for the BIG3 combine in the spring of 2019. He’s ready to attack the next phase of his roller coaster life with a steady dribble towards serenity and success.