More than five years after his last NBA game, the 39-year-old athlete announced he will return to professional basketball in 2019.
Odom shared the news via Instagram on Tuesday, stating his intention to play in the Dubai International Basketball Championship in February. The two-time NBA champion will represent a team from the Philippines.
Back in November, Odom told Clutch Points he had plans to join the BIG3 League as well as the Chinese Basketball Association in 2019; however, he has chosen to delay those plans to further improve his physical health.
“To me this is a great warming up for the @thebig3,” he wrote on social media. “It’s been a minute since I’ve professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be! I was hoping to be ready for the Chinese CBA earlier this year but I didn’t feel that I was physically [where] I wanted to be. ( yet) I needed more time to recover from my multiple strokes and hearts attacks.”
Odom hasn’t appeared in a NBA game since 2013, when he was playing for the Clippers. Though he inked a deal with Knicks in April 2014, the team ultimately waived the contract in light of Odom’s reported struggles with addiction.
In 2015, the Queens native was hospitalized after he suffered a near-fatal drug overdose. Odom recently spoke about his health scare during an appearance on Kevin Hart’s Cold As Balls series.
“All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle,” the athlete told Hart. “[…] I had twelve strokes and six heart attacks when I was in the coma.”
Odom says he is now sober and is committed to returning to basketball.
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I'd like to announce that I will be playing in The Dubai International Basketball Championship this February 1st 2019 !!!!!!! 🏀I will be representing team @mightysports_ph from the Philippines with my 4ever #7 ! To me this is a great warming up for the @thebig3 !! It's been a minute since I've professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be! I was hoping to be ready for the Chinese CBA earlier this year but I didn't feel that I was physically were I wanted to be. ( yet) I needed more time to recover from my multiple strokes and hearts attacks. Im not giving up and going in full force !! Patience and moving FORWARD is KEY! Special thanks to @femaleagentsr @charlestiu for making me part of this amazing tournament in Dubai! #teamreyes ! This wouldn't be possible without the support of my kids, @destiny_odom @lamar.morales.odom, MY FANS, my team @jared_dyem @bryantaustin23 @xpesports @billythakid23 @m2exec @showtimepersonaldevelopment @willvlo @personaltrainingclub.eu @alicia.sofia_ @rickmari @therealyasin @ninetyplusofficial @mr2rchiang @chaselucid @saamzangenehlaw @hemplucid ! Thanks @iamzoul for building the road to my comeback life chapter ! LETSGOO 💪🏿#newpages #2019 #dubai #manila #basketball
We’re rooting for him!
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