Well, Master P isn't buying the love that the Black Mamba has for Odom. In fact, P says Bryant is coming across like a phony.
P, who says he has been a "mentor" and friend to Odom for the past 15 years, says if Bryant's love for Odom was genuine, he would have put in a good word to the Los Angeles Lakers to give the embattled forward another shot.
"If Kobe was his friend...Kobe, like, owns the team," Master P told TMZ. "He could've got the man back on the team...that's all he wanted."
Odom's downward spiral began shortly after the Lakers traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in December 2011.
The rap mogul added that although Odom loved Khloe Kardashian, he didn't know what he was getting into marrying her and he actually believes that the former forward was "blackballed" from returning to the league due to being on reality TV with Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
As of Thursday, there are reports that Odom was using cocaine at the brothel and is still fighting for his life.
The outpouring of support continues as Odom remains in critical condition.
"I'm devastated, because Lamar is a friend of mine. We had been compared when he was in college," Magic Johnson told US Magazine of his friend with the "biggest heart in the world." "He reached out once he got in to the pros because our game was similar. We became really good friends. To see his growth as a basketball player and as a man, [and then] to see this happening, it hurts us all.
"We just hope that he pulls through, and that he'll be okay," he added. "Then we've got to support him. He's had so much bad happen in his life. Hopefully, this time there can be some good happening in his life, and he can pull through this thing."
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