Lamar Odom’s Ups and Downs

A look at the NBA star’s life on and off the court.

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Lamar Odom Gets His Start at Rhode Island - Lamar Odom has had a tumultuous career and personal life since being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Now Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian getting divorced, Odom allegedly battled a crack addiction. He is bouncing back by joining the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa.  BET.com takes a look at Odom’s life on and off the court. —Dominique Zonyéé(Photo: Vincent Laforet /Allsport)

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NBA Rookie - Lamar Odom declared his eligibility for the NBA in 1999, following a stellar freshman year at Rhode Island University. He was selected as a first round pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, and named 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team after his first season.(Photo: GettyImages)

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Moving on to Miami - Early signs of possible drug problems surfaced in November 2001, when Odom was suspended from the Clippers for violating drug policies. He later admitted to smoking pot. He became a free agent and was picked up by the Miami Heat in the 2003 off-season. He helped the team get to its first playoff series win in four years.(Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Traded to the Lakers - Odom was traded to the Lakers in 2004, after his season with Miami. In his first year on the West Coast, he incurred a shoulder injury which forced him to miss the second half of the season, but that same year Odom helped the U.S. men’s basketball team take home the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom and Liza Morales  - Before he started keeping up with the Kardashians, Odom was married to Khloé look-a-like Liza Morales. The couple had been through tough times, including losing a child, but seemed to be on good terms once Odom moved on to the reality princess. When that marriage went kaput, Morales reached out to Odom to offer a shoulder to cry on and even helped him rebuild his relationship with their two children.(Photos from left: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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One Big Happy Family - Before there was Khloé, there was Liza Morales. Odom’s ex-fiancé was his high school sweetheart and the mother of his children, Destiny, 15, Lamar Jr., 11, and Jayden, who died at six months of sudden infant death syndrome in June 2006. According to Morales, the basketball star never dealt with the death of Jayden, which led them to split.(Photos from left: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

A Wedding Made for Reality TV - After 32 days of dating, Odom and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khlo? Kardashian wed in September 2009.  The lavish multi-million dollar wedding was televised on an episode of the hit reality TV show. Two-and-a-half years later, the newlyweds landed their own show, Khlo? and Lamar.(Photo: OK Magazine)

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A Wedding Made for Reality TV - After 32 days of dating, Odom and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khloé Kardashian wed in September 2009.  The lavish multi-million dollar wedding was televised on an episode of the hit reality TV show. Two-and-a-half years later, the newlyweds landed their own show, Khloé and Lamar.(Photo: OK Magazine)

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From the Bench to the 'Ship - At the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, Odom was moved to the sixth man position, but got more playing time when Andrew Bynum injured his knee. Odom earned his first championship when he helped the Lakers defeat the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals.(Photo: Getty Images)

Another Win - Odom kicked off the 2009-2010 season injury free, playing in all 82 games. In the off-season, he became a free agent, his return to the Lakers was questionable. Nevertheless, Odom returned to the Los Angeles team to win his second championship in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.(Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

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Another Win - Odom kicked off the 2009-2010 season injury free, playing in all 82 games. In the off-season, he became a free agent, his return to the Lakers was questionable. Nevertheless, Odom returned to the Los Angeles team to win his second championship in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.(Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

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Lamar Opens Up About His Father - Prior to marrying Khloé Kardashian, the world only knew about Odom the athlete, but on an episode of Khloe & Lamar, the basketball champion let us into his private life by introducing his father Joe Odom. Lamar shared with Khloé that his father was addicted to heroin when Lamar was growing up. He also revealed that both were committed to working on their relationship.(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Sixth Man of the Year Award and Personal Issues - Odom continued to rack up career highs with the Lakers in the 2010-2011 seasons. Averaging 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, Odom became the first Laker to win the Sixth Man of The Year Award. Following that season, the star reportedly contemplated quitting the NBA when his cousin was killed, and he himself was involved in a car accident which killed a cyclist.(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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Sixth Man of the Year Award and Personal Issues - Odom continued to rack up career highs with the Lakers in the 2010-2011 seasons. Averaging 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, Odom became the first Laker to win the Sixth Man of The Year Award. Following that season, the star reportedly contemplated quitting the NBA when his cousin was killed, and he himself was involved in a car accident which killed a cyclist.(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

A Turn for the Worse - In a trade that he was unhappy with, Odom was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Still mourning his late cousin, Odom failed to perform well on the team. By April 2012, he and the Mavericks agreed to sever ties, and Odom was downgraded to the NBA Developmental League. He officially left the Mavericks two months later.(Photo: EPA/LARRY W. SMITH /LANDOV)

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A Turn for the Worse - In a trade that he was unhappy with, Odom was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Still mourning his late cousin, Odom failed to perform well on the team. By April 2012, he and the Mavericks agreed to sever ties, and Odom was downgraded to the NBA Developmental League. He officially left the Mavericks two months later.(Photo: EPA/LARRY W. SMITH /LANDOV)

Baby Mama Drama - Morales spoke out about her continuing shock that Odom committed to Kardashian and not her. Morales took Odom to child support court in 2013 over visitation, child support and their children?s appearance on The Kardashians.(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Baby Mama Drama - Morales spoke out about her continuing shock that Odom committed to Kardashian and not her. Morales took Odom to child support court in 2013 over visitation, child support and their children’s appearance on The Kardashians.(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Back to the Clippers - After the career hiccup with the Mavericks, Odom became part of a four-team trade in 2012, which led him back to the Clippers. Following a dismal 2012-2013 season, however, the Queens, New York, native became a free agent again in 2013.(Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Back to the Clippers - After the career hiccup with the Mavericks, Odom became part of a four-team trade in 2012, which led him back to the Clippers. Following a dismal 2012-2013 season, however, the Queens, New York, native became a free agent again in 2013.(Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom - After months of living separate lives, this once-unbreakable couple finally bit the dust. Khloe and Lamar have been estranged since news of his infidelities and drug use hit the web this past June, and by December 13, the reality star pulled the trigger and filed for divorce. Hopefully the new year will bring a fresh start to both.  (Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com)

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Rumors of Marital Troubles and Drug Abuse - Odom’s career took a turn for the worse, after he didn’t sign with a new team. Rumors of infidelity and a possible divorce begin to swarm in July after several women came forward claiming they had affairs with Odom. While infidelity was rumored as the possible cause for Odom’s alleged marital woes, reports that Odom has a severe drug problem began to surface.  (Photo: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com)

Rumor Alert: Lamar Odom Signing With the Clippers - Lamar Odom may not be out of a job or the league for much longer. After a Nov. 15 meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers, rumor has it Odom may be returning to the team where his career started. This is great news for Odom, whose name has been more in the gossip mill than in sports news.(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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Will He Return to the NBA? - While neither his nor Kardashian's camp have issued a statement regarding Odom’s alleged drug addiction, his longtime agent Jeff Schwartz spoke to ESPN on Aug. 26 regarding Odom’s career plans. “Playing in the NBA is still very much a part of Lamar's plans," Schwartz told ESPN.(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

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Arrested on Suspicion of DUI - Lamar Odom was arrested Aug. 30 in Los Angeles for suspicion of driving under the influence. Authorities say the NBA veteran was driving erratically on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, when he was arrested at 3:45 a.m. (Photo: David Tonnessen, PacificCoastNews.com)

Lamar Odom?s Divorce Can?t Keep Him Away From the Basketball Courts - Lamar Odom may be preparing to battle Khloe Kardashian in divorce court, but that won?t keep him from working on his game. Odom was spotted leaving a Los Angeles training facility where he reportedly practices every day. According to TMZ, Odom hopes to restore his NBA career by New Year?s because he doesn?t want people to remember him as a ?crackhead.?(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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No Contract, No Team - Odom was not seen at the Clippers Aug. 27 practice, which led the media to conclude that he was not re-signed. A day later, the Clippers signed Antawn Jamison, sealing Odom’s fate as an unsigned free agent for the 2013-2014 season.(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Going Rogue - After Odom’s arrest for DUI, he continued to lay low — away from Khloe and his family. He resurfaced on Sept. 9 and was spotted driving around in Los Angeles appearing “gaunt,” according to reports.(Photo: FameFlynet, Inc)

A "Dark Time" - For the first time in months, Lamar took to Twitter on Sept. 24 to defend the Kardashian klan after his father Joe Odom's comments. ?He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return,? he wrote. ?They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time.?(Photo: Twitter/realLamarOdom)

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A "Dark Time" - For the first time in months, Lamar took to Twitter on Sept. 24 to defend the Kardashian klan after his father Joe Odom's comments. “He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return,” he wrote. “They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time.”(Photo: Twitter/realLamarOdom)

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Reunited - Following Odom’s rumored crack binge in which he went missing from friends and family, he was arrested for a DUI, and remained living in a hotel away from his and Khloe’s, Tarzana, California, home. However, the couple reunited at their home on Oct. 1.(Photo: Miguel Aguilar, © PacificCoastNews.com)

New Beginnings - After not being able to seal a deal with the NBA Odom took his talents to Spain to play for the Laboral Kutxa club. He says he owes the opportunity all to his family, especially soon-to-be ex-father-in law Bruce Jenner. "Bruce is... he means a lot to me," Odom told Access Hollywood. "Bruce is one of the reasons why I am going to do this.?(Photo: SolarPix, PacificCoastNews)

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New Beginnings - After not being able to seal a deal with the NBA Odom took his talents to Spain to play for the Laboral Kutxa club. He says he owes the opportunity all to his family, especially soon-to-be ex-father-in law Bruce Jenner. "Bruce is... he means a lot to me," Odom told Access Hollywood. "Bruce is one of the reasons why I am going to do this.”(Photo: SolarPix, PacificCoastNews)

Divorce Papers - After months of speculation, Kardashian filed for divorce in December. In the legal docs Kardashian cites "irreconcilable differences."  She is also asking the judge to take Odom out of her name, so she is once again simply Khloe Kardashian.(Photo: WENN.com)

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Divorce Papers - After months of speculation, Kardashian filed for divorce in December. In the legal docs Kardashian cites "irreconcilable differences." She is also asking the judge to take Odom out of her name, so she is once again simply Khloe Kardashian.(Photo: WENN.com)

"She?s Still My Wife" - Odom spoke out for the first time on Feb. 21 about Kardashian filing for divorce: "I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what," Odom told US Weekly. "Who knows? We don't know exactly if [the divorce is going through]. Only time will tell. I hope not. But even if we were divorced, she would always be my wife."(Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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"She’s Still My Wife" - Odom spoke out for the first time on Feb. 21 about Kardashian filing for divorce: "I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what," Odom told US Weekly. "Who knows? We don't know exactly if [the divorce is going through]. Only time will tell. I hope not. But even if we were divorced, she would always be my wife."(Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)