Left All Alone
Lamar's mother died of cancer when he as 12 years old. His father, Joe Odom, was addicted to heroine and scarcely in the picture when Odom was a child.
Odom was a high school phenom on the basketball court. However, academic troubles (along with a citation for soliciting prostitution) plagued Odom prior to him transferring from UNLV to the University of Rhode Island.
On to the NBA
Odom was selected fourth overall in the 1999 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. A couple years later, he was suspended twice in an eight-month span for marijuana use.
Goodbye to Grandma
In 2003, Odom's maternal grandmother Mildred, who helped raise him, passed away.
An Unspeakable Loss
Three years later, Odom's 6-month-old son, Jayden, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while sleeping in his crib.
Another Death in the Family
In 2011, a 24-year-old cousin to whom Lamar was close was murdered while Odom was in New York to shoot a Nike commercial.
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