Lamar Odom hanging on to life in Las Vegas hospital

The NBA world was shocked Tuesday Night when it heard the news former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious and unresponsive at a Nevada brothel. Two women at the Love Ranch South found Odom Tuesday afternoon when they went to check on him. They hadn’t heard from Odom since the morning.

When they found Odom he was “throwing up all kinds of stuff,” as reported by ESPN. The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and when the EMT’s stabilized him Odom was driven to the Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, NV and then to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he remains on life support.

Lamar Odom (Wiki Commons)
Lamar Odom (Wiki Commons)

Odom had spent several days at the Love Ranch and appeared to be well, according to the owner, Dennis Hof (He had a reality TV show on HBO called “Cathouse” the followed life at another of Hof’s legal brothels, the Moonlight Bunny Ranch).

His estranged wife Khloe Kardashian and members of her family are in Las Vegas to be with him; members of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak, also visited the hospital. The Lakers were in Las Vegas for an exhibition game with the Sacramento Kings.

After the game, a 107-100 win for the Kings, Lakers head coach Byron Scott told the media, “Obviously, our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers are with Lamar and his family. It’s obviously something that you don’t want to hear before the game because I think the people that knew about it, we were all thinking about it. … I obviously feel for him and hope that he’ll be OK.”

Players and coaches from around the league have been expressing their love and concern for Odom, including Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, who told the media, “Lamar is a brother to me. I love that man. My prayers are with him.”

Metta World Peace, who is with the Lakers once again, was visibly distraught upon hearing the news and couldn’t find any words to express his feelings for his former teammate.

Odom had his best years as an NBA player with the Lakers, winning two championships — 2009, 2010 — and he is most identified with that team. In 2011 he won the Sixth Man Award as a Laker.

He appeared to be devastated in 2011 when the Lakers tried to trade him, as was evident on the reality TV show he did with Khloe Kardashian. After being traded to Dallas, he never played at the same level that brought him to the pinnacle of the NBA. Odom spent just two years with the Mavericks.

He was drafted #4 by the L.A. Clippers in 1999, playing his first four years with the them. In his career he also played with the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.

(Baltimore Post-Examiner Staff contributed to this article.)
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