Lamar Odom, the 6’10 veteran forward of the NBA and husband to Khloe Kardashian, was rumored to be missing for over 72 hours on Sunday. The main cause of concern for his family and friends was suspected drug use.
Over the past two years Odom’s drug addiction has only escalated. Last year he entered a rehab facility in San Diego but checked out after only a brief three week stay. His family and friends were watching as he sunk deeper and deeper into his addiction and stepped in and held a drug intervention to save him. The intervention was a failure.
Odom’s struggle with his drug addiction has a long history including his 2001 suspension for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy. His struggle had reached new heights since his departure from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.
Odom’s current drug abuse is one of two major battles he is facing. According to reports by TMZ the couple separated last week reporting that Odom was cheating and using crack cocaine. The celebrity news website also commented that neither Kardashian nor Odom has consulted a lawyer or filed divorce papers.
According to ESPN reports, Odom is staying in a undisclosed hotel location in Los Angeles, fighting to win his battle over drug addiction. “Playing in the NBA is still very much a part of Lamar’s plans,” Schwartz continued. Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, and has been pursued in free agency by the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Drug addiction is a horrendous struggle for anyone but being a famous NBA star and celebrity husband only increases the challenges that he is facing.