Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/4/13
Lamar Odom was their leader. He pointed the way setting a tone for a group of Lakers reserves that helped win two straight NBA titles. By embracing his role coming off the bench he showed teammates like Jordan Farmar Josh Powell and Shannon Brown what it meant to be part of a championship team. Now nearly five seasons removed from the first of the Lakers' back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 those who followed the lefty with the easy smile and smooth game hope he can find his way out of some dark days. "It sucks to hear" Farmar said in a phone interview this week when asked about the string of misfortunes following Odom these days from alleged drug use to an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. "It's unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven't heard back. That's just a sign of him going through some tough times." Tough times are nothing new for Odom. As Lee Jenkins wrote poignantly in a 2009 Sports Illustrated profile: "The happiest Laker is one whose father was addicted to heroin; whose mother died of colon cancer when he was 12; who attended three high schools; had his first college scholarship revoked before the fall of his freshman year; became a subject of three college investigations; declared for the NBA draft; tried unsuccessfully to pull out of the draft; was picked by arguably the worst franchise in sports; violated the league's antidrug policy twice within eight months; and after finally getting his life together went home to New York City for an aunt's funeral and wound up burying his 6 1/2-month-old son Jayden then getting robbed at gunpoint." And in the summer of 2011 Odom experienced more tragedy when while home in New York City for a cousin's funeral the driver of the car service Odom was a passenger in struck a motorcyclist who in turn ended up colliding with and killing a 15-year-old boy.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson being investigated for workplace misconduct

WATCH: Gronkowski refuses to discuss suspension, walks out of presser

Cousins complains refs unfairly target him on technicals

FIFA threatens to expel Spain from World Cup

Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling with Jets due to ‘coach’s decision’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Floyd Mayweather says UFC offered him $1 billion

Porzingis: Knicks fans should show Carmelo ‘love’ in return

Pete Carroll, Sean Payton fined for going onto field

Hot mic catches what LeBron James said to Lonzo Ball

Carlos Santana reportedly signs three-year deal with Phillies

Browns GM: Anything short of competing for division title in 2018 'unacceptable'

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker