NBA players react to the news surrounding Lamar Odom
News surrounding Lamar Odom's hospitalization has shaken both the entertainment and sports worlds -- two communities that have gotten to know the former player well over the last decade.
Throughout the day, NBA players of the past and present have taken the time to wish Odom the best in his fight. Last we've heard, the former NBA player is in critical but improving condition, though still unconscious and using a ventilator.
Former teammate Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers took the podium to briefly let Odom know that he's in the thoughts of the NBA fraternity.
Some more reaction from the basketball community:
.@derekfisher: “Lamar Odom was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known.”
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 14, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lamar Odom and his family at this time.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 14, 2015
An emotional Sasha Vujacic on longtime teammate Lamar Odom: "He's fighting the fight of his life right now. We're all rooting for him."
— Ken Berger (@KBergNBA) October 14, 2015
Everyone that reads this post, please pray for my friend Lamar Odom that he makes a full recovery. #MyHeartHurts
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) October 14, 2015
Carmelo on Lamar Odom: "He was one the best players I had ever seen coming out of high school."
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) October 14, 2015
What most people don't realize about Lamar Odom is that he's a better person than he is a basketball player.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 14, 2015
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 14, 2015
Prayers up for LO. Stay strong, man. pic.twitter.com/WDyRSci9Ig
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) October 14, 2015
PRAYERS all the way UP for my brother Lamar Odom!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 14, 2015
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James used Instagram to pay homage:
So many prayers sent up to you LO! I truly hope this isn't the last stop for you because you still have so much to give, not even to others but to yourself more importantly. Never know what someone is going through unless you're walking in their shoes. No judgement. Straight up homie!
A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Oct 14, 2015 at 7:50am PDT
Odom, 35, last appeared in the NBA in 2013 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He'd signed with the New York Knicks for the 2014-15 season, but was released before it started after he never reported to the team's practice facility over the offseason.
Odom and the Knicks were reportedly discussing another possible comeback attempt before his hospitalization.
See Lamar Odom throughout his career:
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