Former NBA star Lamar Odom admitted to missing his longtime friend and confidant Kobe Bryant, who died tragically in a helicopter crash a month ago. The former Los Angeles Lakers teammates won a pair of titles and have endless memories together, yet Odom is struggling to make peace with the fact that he’s gone.
“I’m alright,” Odom told TMZ Sports outside of the Staples Center on Tuesday… “I miss my guy though. Real talk. I’ll miss him just for his advice… First advice I’d ask him for is how to get these fans to forgive me for pawning off those rings.
“[I miss him] just for his brotherhood and leadership.”
The former Lakers talent pawned off his 2009 and 2010 NBA championship rings during his his drama-filled relationship with Khloe Kardashian, something Lakers fans have never been happy about. His rings recently hit auction and are expected to go for roughly $100,000, per TMZ.
Odom notably relied on Bryant to help him transition into his post-NBA life and he was his confidant during his long-storied struggles with addiction.
The 6-foot-10 lefty reminisced about their glory days together with the Lakers and what made them such a great closing tandem.
“We were a perfect locker room combination,” said Odom of Bryant and himself. “I think as far as personalities are concerned, me, him, and Derek Fisher kind of led the locker room.
“He’s definitely going to be greatly missed.”
Odom also said he’s considering getting a tattoo tribute for his late friend, similar to what others like LeBron James and Anthony Davis did before taking the court following his death.