Former Los Angles Lakers star, Lamar Odom, recently announced that he is
releasing a memoir titled “Darkness to Light” on May 28th of this year. In an Instagram post, Lamar Odom said about his upcoming book, “I have some amazing news to share with you guys! My book will officially be out on 5/28. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon now!’ His new title is set to feature tales about his career as a Los Angeles Laker and more.
About the Memoire
Lamar Odom’s “Darkness to Light” memoir will detail intimate details surrounding his failed marriage with now ex-wife Khloe Kardashian and how the two eventually fell out of love with one another. Lamar describes how his struggles with drug addiction and other vices caused his entire life to fall apart right in front of his very eyes. In a very shocking portrayal of his life, Lamar Odom describes one of the scariest experiences he had where he felt he was near death.
In the book, Odom describes how this incident is what led him to realize that his addictions and other shortcomings were beginning to pose a very real threat to his physical well-being. Fans of Lamar Odom can also expect tons of stories from throughout his time as a star player on the Los Angeles Lakers, even including moments from their championship years. Odom has stated that this memoir was written to give his loyal fans an up close and personal look into the things he was struggling with all throughout his career.
Love & Basketball
Lamar Odom has had a very rough personal life, intensified largely by his status as a top sports star. A long history of drug use spiraled out of control after his trade from the Lakers in 2011. Only two seasons after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, he averaged just four points per game after having been a Sixth Man of the Year as a Laker. The trade affected Odom, both, professionally and personally and is credited as being the start of the end of his career. In an interview with The Vertical, Odom said, “That trade from the Lakers basically ended my career and purpose,” Odom said. “I was never really myself ever again. Being in L.A., the structure, the people I knew, it hurt leaving. I had great memories with the Lakers, with Kobe and Pau. That was a special time in my life.”
In addition to his professional woes, the intense public interest in Lamar Odom’s high-profile marriage to reality star Khloe Kardashian compounded an already high-pressure situation for the troubled athlete. In 2009, during his 7 years with the Lakers, Odom married Khloe Kardashian after a short monthlong courtship. Fans adored the idea of their relationship so much that the couple was given an E! spinoff series, Khloe & Lamar.
After Khloe filed for divorce in 2013, the public scrutiny on his personal life sent Odom into a dark place – so dark that in October 2015, the two time NBA champion was put on life-support and in a coma after being found unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel due to a drug overdose. During his recovery process, Odom suffered 12 strokes, kidney failure and was unable to speak or walk. After two years, and over a month of inpatient addiction treatment, Lamar was on a path to sobriety and recovery, stating that it was marijuana that helped him break his addiction to crack cocaine. “I wasn’t in a good place mentally before that incident happened,” he said on “The Doctors,” a television show that tracked his journey through rehab. “… I was basically committing suicide.”
What’s Next for Odom?
Lamar Odom’s story is one of triumph and victory. As detailed in his new book, he was able to overcome strongholds in his life that were beginning to ruin all of the opportunities he had in front of him. Lamar Odom’s personal life can be a great example to those people who may be dealing with similar circumstances however without as many financial resources or privilege.
With his memoir “Darkness to Light” coming out on the 28th of this month, Lamar Odom is preparing to go on several book signing tours and other speaking event surrounding the title. As he enjoys his new life of sobriety and drug-free fun, he plans to continue spreading the positive message about how dedicated and a will to succeed can help you overcome any battle.
Odom’s career flamed out when he was just 33 years old. In October 2015, he was put on life-support and in a coma after being discovered following a drug overdose at a Las Vegas brothel.
It was during his tenure with the Lakers that Odom married Khloe Kardashian in 2009. Their relationship lead to an E! spinoff series title Khloe & Lamar.
After Odom’s trade in 2011, he was out of the NBA within two years. He then went on to play two games in the EuroLeague before injuries cut that venture short. He was signed by the Knicks in 2014, but never appeared in a game.