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What are some facts about Lamar Odom?

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Lamar Odom was a forward for several NBA teams during the 2000s. Odom is also famous for appearing on the reality television show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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Odom grew up in New York City and played college basketball for the University of Rhode Island. In 1999, the Los Angeles Clippers drafted Odom with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft. Odom also played for the Miami Heat and the U.S. Olympic team in the first half of the 2000s. In 2004, the Lakers received Odom and other players in exchange for All-Star Shaquille O'Neal.

With the Lakers, Odom contributed to two championship seasons in 2009 and 2010. In his last season with the Lakers in 2011, Odom won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, given to the best non-starting player in the league. Odom played his final NBA season with the Clippers in 2013.

In 2009, Odom married Khloe Kardashian, a relationship that led to Odom's recurring appearance on her family's reality show. Later, the couple appeared on a spin-off show, "Khloe and Lamar." After his NBA career, Odom was the subject of several gossip stories, such as reports of extramarital affairs and drug abuse. In 2015, Odom had a near-death experience after taking stimulants at a Las Vegas brothel.

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