Lamar Odom, former NBA star and Kardashian clan member, returning to basketball in China after 2013 retirement
Veteran will step back on the court in the Chinese Basketball Association after inking a deal with new management company this summer
Dwyane Wade might have ruled out a move to China this week but the Chinese Basketball Association is getting a bit of NBA stardust in former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom.
The two-time NBA champion revealed he was moving to China on Instagram in early July before he subsequently deleted the post but has since posted from Amsterdam that he is “Getting ready for my next chapter in China”.
He enjoyed a 14-year NBA career with the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers before retiring in 2013. Odom also played in Spain briefly.
My last night in this amazing city! Getting ready for my next chapter in China and closing my last chapter in The Netherlands with my manager @iamzoul Had an amazing time in your hometown Rotterdam and thank you @mr2rchiang for assigning this woman to me that became like the sister I never had. The past two weeks felt great and I worked hard on my conditioning and gaining muscle strength. I have started a new healthy food program and I feel like I already gained back 50% of what I used to be during my glory times. I will continue to work hard and will share with all of you updates of my new journey. I will be back soon Netherlands!! #teamlamarodom #nextstophongkong #bye @ninetyplusofficial
A post shared by Lamar Odom (@lamarodom) on Aug 12, 2018 at 1:48pm PDT
Odom recently signed with Ninety Plus, the China management company that also handles the singer Akon, referring to them as his “Chinese business partners”.
His manager revealed that he watched the Hong Kong basketball finals between Eastern and South China at Southorn Playground on Friday night, in an Instagram post.
Everyone loves him in China @lamarodom great final game appearances in Hong Kong....... He will be ready for his biggest come back #shenzhen #lifestyle #followforfollowback @lakersinsider #nba #basketball #lakers #losangeles #rhodeisland #newyork #hongkong #sport #comeback #lamarodom #fans
A post shared by Richard Chiang 江山 (@mr2rchiang) on Aug 11, 2018 at 5:20am PDT
Odom’s own latest post is also from Hong Kong while people have been posting photographs with him in the city on social media.
The 38-year old was in Hong Kong and Shenzhen earlier this summer before deciding to make the move to Shenzhen for a fresh start.
Odom wrote about his struggles with cocaine, being in a coma and entering rehab on the Players Tribune website last summer, while his marriage to ex-wife Khloe Kardashian played out in front of the cameras on reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day from The Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I'm returning to play Basketball. I will be playing in China ! God is good ! Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years. Never give up on yourself and keep believing that only god can create the miracles you're hoping for. Basketball and my children have always been the light in my life and this is where my focus is right now. Thank you @mr2rchiang and @iamzoul @georgeboss77 for believing in me and the opportunity to start over again! Thank you @starburymarbury for being my inspiration ️ LETS GOO ! #china #basketball #yes
A post shared by Lamar Odom (@lamarodom) on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:40am PDT
He cited three-time CBA champion Stephon Marbury as his inspiration for the move. Marbury recently retired after eight years in the CBA with the Beijing Ducks, Beijing Fly Dragons and Shanxi Brave Dragons.
Marbury became a fan favourite in China.
You cannot remain a war between what you want to say ( who you really are ). And what you should say ( who you pretend to be). Your mouth was not designed to eat itself. By @nayyirah.waheed :lower_left_ballpoint_pen: :movie_camera: @railymartina
A post shared by Lamar Odom (@lamarodom) on Aug 13, 2018 at 3:01pm PDT
The Shenzhen Leopards reached the quarter-finals of the CBA Playoffs in March and Jeremy Lin played for them briefly in 2011.
The new season is expected to start in October.