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Some of Lamar Odom’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammates, such as Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Shannon Brown, are commenting on the NBA star’s recent personal issues such as reports of serious drug addiction problems and a DUI.
Odom won two championships with these players, about five seasons ago in 2009 and 2010. They pointed out the tough times Odom has struggled through in his life, and offer their support to the troubled athlete.
“It sucks to hear. It's unfortunate,” Farmer told ESPN LA. “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."
Not only is Odom going through a rough spot with addiction, but his nearly four-year marriage to Khloe Kardashian is also in hot water.
“It's so crazy. You look at all of the stuff he's been through, that's just some of the stuff that we know from the years that he's been in the league, not to mention the stuff he's been through in life, period,” added Powell. “A lot of times people handle those things differently. Sometimes that weight can get too heavy on a person's shoulders.”
"He's an emotional guy who wears his emotions on his sleeves," Brown also said with Farmar adding "We're all here for him, really. We know what kind of guy he really is. Everybody goes through tough times in life, and if he needs anybody, he can always reach out to us."
Odom has since reportedly checked into rehab.
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