Although he is more known as a reality TV star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, former basketball player Lamar Odom has recently revealed that a former teammate speaks to him in his dreams.
TMZ Sports caught up to Odom and he expressed to them that deceased former teammate, Kobe Bryantstill has a presence as the NBA Hall of Famer “comes to me in dreams.”
The two players who were also friends off the court had played together for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004-2011. They won consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010.
The media outlet ran into the NBA champion last week at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) where he was seen wearing a Kobe and Gigi tribute pendant that he received as a present earlier this year. He mentioned that he “often” speaks to Bryant in his dreams. Frequently encouraging Odom to keep fighting and giving him advice.
“[He’s] just talking to me all the time,” Odom said. “‘Hang in there. Keep fighting.’ A lot of s***.”
Odom said that the dreams he has with Bryant typically involve the two of them shooting around, sometimes even in actual games.
“His spirit, it’s so strong. To me, he’s like not too far away. Especially when you’re dreaming of someone, and they talk to you in that dream, you’re definitely going to remember it.”
As he still feels the presence of his friend, he states that Bryant still inspires him to this day. He said that Bryant is a big reason why he loves flying into Los Angeles.
“It’s crazy,” Odom said. “That’s why I love coming back to L.A., too. I feel him.”
Bryant, considered by some to be one of the best players to make the NBA played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the league’s most valuable player in 2008.