Lamar Odom’s Ups and Downs Through the Years: Khloe, Drugs, Kids

first_img“I’m just a different man now. You know what’s so crazy that you say that because I remember when I came out of the coma after the drug overdose], and I moved in the house in Calabasas in the same housing community that she lives in,” he told Us. “Because I was still damn near fried or just basically getting over being fried, I didn’t even know how to show her that I was empathetic, you know what I’m saying, and sorry and that I still loved her. I didn’t know how to go about it.”Scroll through to revisit Odom’s ups and downs: Life has been a roller coaster for Lamar Odom.The former professional basketball player’s career began in 1999 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. Odom went on to play for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks over his nearly 15-year career in the NBA.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s the best mother ever because she took care of a 29-year-old man like he was a baby,” Odom told Us Weekly in May 2019. “I had every candy, cookie, juice, champagne, ice cream. I didn’t need anything and that’s just on the small scale. She made this room for me in our home. She’s an incredible homemaker, but all women in that family are.”He added at the time that he will “always” love Kardashian, who briefly withdrew her divorce papers and took care of him after he almost died following an overdose at a brutal in Nevada in 2015.- Advertisement – Shortly before he found success on the basketball court, Odom welcomed his first child, a daughter named Destiny, with his then-girlfriend Liza Morales. The twosome also share son Lamar Jr., who was born in 2002. Before Odom and Morales called it quits in 2006, she gave birth to a son named Jayden, who passed away at 6 months old of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Odom’s personal life started making headlines in 2009 when he met Khloé Kardashian. After a whirlwind romance, the pair tied the knot in September 2009. Following a successful wedding episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Odom and Kardashian launched a spinoff called Khloé & Lamar in 2011. The reality series ran for two seasons.While the twosome called it quits in December 2013 after four years of marriage amid Odom’s substance abuse issues, the athlete has only had kind words to say about his ex-wife, who shares daughter True with ex Tristan Thompson.- Advertisement –last_img read more

LATE PUSH: Syracuse scores 3 late goals to stun No. 7 Princeton

first_img Published on April 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton defender Derick Raabe sunk to the ground and planted his face in the red and black shield at midfield. He remained motionless for 10 seconds, stunned by what transpired. Finally Raabe got up and trudged off the field.Syracuse attack Kevin Rice, meanwhile, pumped his fist and sprinted toward the net where he and his teammates mobbed goalie Dominic Lamolinara.The Orange’s comeback was complete.No. 8 Syracuse (7-2, 2-1 Big East) bounced back from a two-goal deficit with under six minutes remaining to knock off No. 7 Princeton (6-3, 2-1 Ivy) 13-12 at Princeton Stadium on Saturday night in front of 4,610. After struggling to close out the first three quarters, the Orange – fueled by Henry Schoonmaker and JoJo Marasco – finished the fourth quarter strongly to come away with the win.“It was pretty thrilling,” Schoonmaker said. “A lot of guys hustled on ground balls, it was just intense, and it was great to pull out the win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSchoonmaker finished with a career-high four goals, the fourth coming with 4:31 to go in the game. He caught a pass from Marasco and whizzed a lefty shot over the left shoulder of Princeton goalie Matt O’Connor.The game was tied at 12. The Orange had a chance to do what it failed to do the entire game: close out the quarter.That’s exactly what Syracuse did. Marasco caught the ball five feet outside the crease. The 5-foot-10 Marasco had 6-foot-7 long-stick midfielder Alex Beatty on him, so he used his quickness to burst toward the net. Beatty altered his shot, but Marasco still scored. Syracuse led 13-12 and held on for the win.“(Marasco’s) kind of our go-to guy in that situation and it just shows why he wears (No.) 22,” long-stick midfielder Matt Harris said. “I think he gets a lot of criticism, but he really shines in that 22. I think it showed with that last goal.”Though Syracuse had to come from behind in the game’s final minutes, the Orange led most of the game. SU flew out to a quick 3-0 lead on two goals by Schoonmaker and one by Matt Walters.But Princeton stormed back at the end of the quarter, as it did in every quarter but the fourth. Jake Froccaro and Mike MacDonald scored in the final three minutes as Princeton cut the deficit to one.SU head coach John Desko said he wasn’t surprised Princeton came back on Syracuse multiple times. There was a reason why the teams were virtually tied in the polls entering Saturday’s matchup. There was a reason the Tigers beat Johns Hopkins and Villanova.“With the offensive firepower they have we expect them to come back in games,” Desko said. “Two, three goals isn’t enough with a team like this.”That proved true in the second quarter as well. Once again, the Orange took a lead, but once again Princeton responded. Jeff Froccaro, Jake’s older brother, rifled a right-handed shot that flew by defender Kyle Carey and Lamolinara and tied the game at 5.The trend continued in the third. Goals by Marasco and Schoonmaker were negated as Tom Schreiber and Kip Orban tacked on one each for the Tigers. Then in the final minute of the quarter, MacDonald scored twice from right outside the crease, putting Princeton up 9-7.Desko acknowledged after the game that his team has struggled closing out quarters lately. Against Villanova on March 23 – Syracuse’s most recent loss – the Orange surrendered goals with nine seconds, 17 seconds and four seconds to go in the first three quarters, respectively.“We seem to be – I don’t know why that is – but other teams seem to be scoring with just a few seconds left to go in the quarter,” Desko said. “It’s probably the fact that they know they have so little time left and they made some good plays.”But in the fourth quarter Saturday, Syracuse put an end to the trend. Princeton seized a 12-10 lead on a goal by Jeff Froccaro with 6:57 to go. Froccaro curled toward the middle with Brian Megill chomping at his heels. He had a tiny window of space, but that was all he needed.All signs pointed toward a Princeton win, but Syracuse had other ideas.Billy Ward cut the deficit to one, and then Schoonmaker’s and Marasco’s heroics sealed the deal.“It was a great win for us. We’re on the road and we think Princeton’s a terrific team,” Desko said. “Having a couple two-goal, maybe three-goal leads in the first half and then finding ourselves behind in the fourth quarter it was really big for our guys to come back, regain the lead and win the game.” Commentslast_img read more

New faces anchor boxing

first_imgIt never changes, infinite in its carnival barkers, in its shamelessness, in its legal feuds, in its double-crossings, in its grossly hyperbolic monologues. Oh, the faces change, or at least those now gracing center stage on the fistic landscape have, as Don King and Bob Arum, rulers so long, have moved into the shadows to reluctantly make room for people like Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw and Dan Goossen, who’s actually an old standby. “This is the biggest fight in the history of boxing,” said Schaefer in what easily could be filed away in the National Archives as the most outlandish statement ever uttered in a sport overflowing with such outlandish statements. Perhaps I’m overly skeptical, but I have a hunch this country was slightly more intrigued when a couple of undefeated heavyweights, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, mixed it up in 1971. And I think the passion of sporting patrons was a little more stirred by Ali-George Foreman, Roberto Duran-Sugar Ray Leonard I, Leonard-Thomas Hearns I, Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Joe Louis-Max Schmeling, Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney, Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks, Aaron Pryor-Alexis Arguello and countless other matches. To refer to the May 5 debate between De La Hoya and Mayweather as a historic showdown is sheer nonsense, since De La Hoya has been semi-retired since September of 2003 when he lost a decision to Sugar Shane Mosley and then surrendered meekly a year later in the ninth round against Bernard Hopkins. De La Hoya did knock out Richardo Mayorga last May in his last fight, but an asterisk should be put next to that victory since the undersized, woefully outmanned Mayorga wasn’t sound of body, soul or spirit. Oscar De La Hoya has emerged as one of the most fascinating figures ever in his occupation, not because of the skill of his fists but because of the lure of his persona. Because of a masterful marketing campaign orchestrated early in his career by Bob Arum and his Top Rank organization, De La Hoya instantly became a office phenomenon, which somehow he has remained even at age 34 despite having lost twice to Mosley and despite his ignobly raising the white flag against Hopkins. There is a certain charisma about De La Hoya due I’m sure to his handsome features and to the appealing words that flow smoothly out of him, a trick of presence that was on display at the Chinese Theater session, as his delirious fans reacted to his every banality with loud cheers, as opposed to loudly jeering Mayweather’s posturing antics earlier. There is no doubt despite his modest achievements in recent years in the ring–he was handed a gift decision over a German middleweight named Felix Sturm in June of 2004 to set up the Hopkins meeting three months later – that he is easily the biggest draw in boxing. In his first fight after the Hopkins debacle against Mayorga, there were more than 900,000 pay per view purchases on HBO. “It was astonishing,” admitted Ross Greenburg, president of HBO sports. “We figured it would be around 400,000 and it was more than twice as much.” Greenburg has no idea how many will pay to watch the De La Hoya-Mayweather match, but it won’t be surprising if it nears the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis record of 2 million, if the ticket scramble for the fight is a yardstick. The 15,000 put on sale by the MGM Grand Garden were sold out in one day, and choice ringsides are now being peddled for prices approximating Super Bowl tickets. I marvel at Oscar De La Hoya’s astonishing staying power. Other fighters lose stature after humiliating losses. Not De La Hoya. “The man absolutely quit against Hopkins,” charges Mayweather. “Look at the film. He’s pounding the canvas right after the ref stops it. How could a guy be pounding the canvas if he’s too hurt to get up. He didn’t get up because he didn’t want to get hit with anymore punches from Hopkins. And then a few weeks later, I saw the two men at a fight with their arms around each other, and they suddenly had a business arrangement going. Go figure.” Oscar De La Hoya is a 2 to 1 underdog against Mayweather, and the feeling here is that it should be 4 to 1. If De La Hoya had problems coping with Sugar Shane Mosley’s quickness, then what chance does he have of landing lethal punches against Mayweather, the world’s consensus best pound-for-pound fighter who’s not only a better defensively than Mosley but also faster? But what difference does it make? Oscar De La Hoya is guaranteed of making $20 million for this fight–and probably will wind up earning closer to $30 million. And a grateful Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guaranteed of making $12 million for this fight–and probably will wind up earning closer to $15 million. “How often do fans get to see two of the greatest fighters of all time mix it up?” said Richard Schaefer, as he rambled on and on the other day with his scandalously inflated rhetoric. It could have been Don King talking. Or Bob Arum. Nothing changes in boxing. Especially not the public’s fawning attitude toward Oscar De La Hoya, who has earned more for doing less than many in the history of his mean profession. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img But the deportment is the same. I can swear as I listened to Schaefer, a one-time Swiss banker who somehow came out of nowhere to become a friend of De La Hoya and become CEO of his Golden Boy Productions, drone irritatingly on at the De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. press conference the other day in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater that he sounded hauntingly like King or Arum hyping one of their events. last_img read more