Jason Collins Reflects on Playing Basketball With Lamar Odom, Sends Well …

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former coach on Lamar Odom: There are withdrawals, depression.

Ever since he was hospitalized earlier this month after he was discovered unconscious in a Nevada brothel, Lamar Odom has been the subject of near round-the-clock tabloid speculation. Lamar Odom could face a rehabilitation period of at least six months as he seeks to recover from a life-threatening collapse on Oct. 13, according to his close friend and former college basketball coach Jim Harrick.

According to a report by TMZ, law enforcement sources at the Nye Country Sheriff’s Department received the results of tests taken from the NBA star while he was at the Sunrise hospital in Las Vegas.Lamar Odom is battling depression in a Los Angeles hospital as he begins to come to terms with the spiral of self-destruction that has left him fighting for his life.”Thank you dolls SO much for your patience while I needed some time off,” Kardashian wrote on her website. “I’m excited to be back in the mix bringing you some awesome content. There have been breathless reports of his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian’s bedside vigil, and endless questions about the extent of the damage done and what the “long road ahead of him” looks like.

Investigators got the search warrant to test the former Laker’s blood after speaking with the prostitutes who found him unconscious and bleeding from his nose inside the Love Ranch. “Through interviews with the prostitutes who were with him since that point, it was learned that he possibly ingested cocaine in the bathroom,” Nye County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Eisenloffel said in his sworn testimony seeking the warrant. “They indicated that they had vague knowledge of him using illicit narcotics,” Eisenloffel said, referring to hookers Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe. “During his initial time at the Love Ranch, he was observed both by eyewitnesses as well as on video surveillance camera to be ingesting an unknown substance in the form of an unidentified pill, which he obtained from his pocket in a plastic bag that was unmarked,” he told the judge. Last week, Odom was discharged from the Las Vegas facility, where he spent approximately 72 hours in a coma, and transported to a Los Angeles-area hospital for further treatment. The Nye County Sheriff in Nevada said Odom is suspected of using cocaine and sexual-performance enhancement pills. “Obviously there is a lot of attention about all this but the thing to remember is that there is a long road ahead to rehabilitation,” said Harrick, Odom’s coach at the University of Rhode Island for the 1998-99 season. “This is serious stuff.

After finding Odom unconscious and calling for help, Love Ranch staffers told authorities he used cocaine three days before his collapse and combined alcohol and herbal Viagra during his brothel bender, Sheriff Wehrly said at an Oct. 14 press conference. On Thursday, Odom underwent a medical procedure, and the doctors “have asked for no visitors”—with the exception of Kardashian—until his condition improves. “The past week has been incredibly difficult. It adds that “Our sources say some of them tried to access his medical records, in violation of HIPAA rules.” A spokesperson for the facility tells TMZ that “We take all patient privacy very seriously and follow all HIPAA policies in compliance with federal regulations.” Odom is now reportedly Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and with full time security. We don’t know what state his kidneys and lungs are going to be in.” Odom was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, a two-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and an Olympic bronze medalist with Team USA at Athens in 2004.

Odom spent the first six days following his collapse at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center facility in Las Vegas, before being moved to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles last Monday, where he has remained since. It was later revealed that she and the former NBA player were still legally married, making Kardashian responsible for difficult medical decisions as Odom remained in critical condition.

Khloe, who canceled the upcoming press tour for her new book, Strong Looks Better Naked, late last week, made a brief appearance (with a new haircut) at Kim’s baby shower in Beverly Hills on Sunday, but returned to Cedars-Sinai Hospital to be with Odom. As we reported, he’s had a series of strokes in the hospital and has heart problems as well.” Or noticing the paparazzi photos that “show [Odom] hooked up to various machines as he was wheeled into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.” So publishing info from your “sources” in the hospital and images of the man on a stretcher as he’s being taken into a hospital — totally cool. All the guys he knows, all the guys he played with, everyone has just been hanging on pins and needles waiting to see what is going to happen. “I love him and care about him.

In the short time after Lamar’s death scare, authorities were told by staff from the brothel that Lamar had taken herbal Viagra and alcohol during his four-day stay. In 2013, it posted a video of the murder of 19 year-old Andre Lowe, boasting, “A man was shot dead outside a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning in the throes of a massive brawl … and our photog captured it all.” His uncle Jason Andrews told Salon at the time, “Knowing that the last two minutes of a family member’s life was being viewed … for entertainment was too much to handle.” (After outcry and a Change.org petition, the site edited the footage.) In 2014, the mother of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s son spoke out about sites like TMZ — and multiple others — publishing photographs of the bruises and lash marks Peterson allegedly inflicted on their 4 year-old child. The 31-year-old has remained by her husband’s side throughout his ordeal and despite splitting two years ago – has chosen not to continue with their divorce.

Through her attorney, she said she was “hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file.” Last year, TMZ also published images from the site of the car crash that killed comic James McNair and seriously injured Tracy Morgan and three others. According to reports today, Khloe has made it clear to Lamar that she’ll help him through his recovery, but only if he turns his back on his drug past for good.

Krizya Fuqua, the daughter of comic Ardie Fuqua — who was also hurt in the crash — begged TMZ to remove it, asking on Twitter, “I would honestly like to petition TMZ to remove this video. They don’t understand how hurtful it is to see my father be dragged out of the wreckage.… All I ask to kindly be left alone so that way my father and everyone else can recover in peace….

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