Lamar Odom is in shock over his former teammate Kobe Bryant‘s death and shared an emotional post paying tribute to his late “brother.” Hours after news broke the 41-year-old Laker legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away in a helicopter crash, Lamar Odom took to social media to express his grief. Posting several pictures of his late teammate, the basketball star poured his heart out and gave Kobe Bryant credit for helping him get through his darkest days.
“These pictures are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court,” Lamar Odom began his message. “On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal.” He joked that “off the court he taught me to sign my own checks” before describing his extremely close relationship with Black Mamba.
“Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son,” Lamar Odom wrote. His son was only 6 months old when he passed away in 2006. “Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother,” he stated. Turning the focus and addressing Kobe Bryant, his former teammate stated, “I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure.”
Saying he “couldn’t even catch my breath today,” Lamar Odom expressed his disbelief over Kobe’s death. “I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet,” he wrote. “I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early.” Lamar Odom then brought up his near-fatal overdose in 2015 and said he would have gladly given his life to spare Kobe Bryant’s.
“I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened,” he said. Ending his tribute to Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom said he would honor his former teammate tomorrow by hitting the gym at 4 AM and promised Gigi he was “gone give you buckets!!” Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and three daughters.