Lamar Odom is returning to basketball in China.
Most redemption stories are fit for pathos, that emotionally charged response to events —the summation of the cause and effect equation. To be redeemed is something that everyone at some point in time needs; sometimes redemption is needed from our own personal failures and let-downs, sometimes our wrong-doings and losses. Redemption is a significant and important aspect of the human condition and when it comes to sports and its figures there’s nothing quite like the redemption story — and Lamar Odom, the former Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward, has quite the amazing one.
Lamar Odom announced on his Instagram that he would be returning to play professional basketball. In China.
As one source reports, Lamar Odom brimmed with excitement and chimed, “I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day in the Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can share with you all that I’m returning to basketball. I will be playing in China! God is good! Thank the Lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your love and support during those hard years.”
The news of Odom’s return to basketball comes on the heels of moving to China earlier in July after accepting a deal with an intellectual property and branding company. Odom, now 38, and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, has had his fair share of struggles in recent years. The former All-Star and two-time NBA champion has a well documented and public struggle with cocaine addiction despite going to rehab several times beginning in 2013, which culminated in his not returning to the NBA and an overdose in 2015.
Lamar Odom’s return to basketball should not be undervalued. Stephon Marbury, who Odom credits for inspiration, left the NBA scene and began playing in China and was literally a godsend there, ultimately reviving his career and making him China’s Michael Jordan, even getting a statue erected in his honor while he was still playing. As far as redemption stories go, “Starbury” and his dominance of basketball in China should be among them. And now, Lamar Odom, begins his.