Lamar Odom: Khloe Kardashian Will Always Be My Wife!

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Lamar Odom is apparently still holding out hope that things will work out with Khloe Kardashian, saying that his estranged spouse "will always be my wife."

Maybe legally, if he avoids signing the divorce papers long enough.

Odom, who just signed with the Spanish pro team Baskonia (a.k.a. Laboral Kutxa), acknowledged that the divorce may happen, but he hopes it doesn't.

Either way, their union will never completely be over ... in his mind.

"I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what," he said.

"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."

The athlete went on to say that marrying the reality star was one of the greatest things he'd ever done. "Those were some of the best years of my life," he told Us.

"Being married and being married to a woman I decided to marry was, besides having children, the most important thing in my life," Odom went on.

Lamar, 34, has three kids from his relationship with Liza Morales.

He and Khloe couldn't (or just didn't, depending on who you believed) get pregnant,

Odom, who struggled with infidelity (Polina Polonsky) and drug abuse (crack cocaine) during their marriage, is the first to admit he's not perfect.

"We all have regrets, but the thing is to learn from life. There's no one in this room, no one in this world who can say, 'I'm mistake-free, I have made no mistakes.'"

"If you can introduce me to that person, please introduce me to that person," the athlete went on. "Please, let me meet him and speak to him."

No one among us is perfect, that's for sure. Not all of us film cracked out videos about cheating on our spouses, but still. Point well taken, Lamar.

"I won a sixth Man of the Year award while I shot [our reality] show ... people forget that," he added, insisting that the public is being too close-minded.

"I think it's easy for people to say, 'Because you do this, you must be this person, vain or uptight or mean' ... People have a sense of who you may be because of the job you do."

"That's unfair judgment. I think we prejudge a little bit too much these days because there's so much access to everything about the world," he mused.

"It's easy for us to look at a YouTube video or a program that doesn't turn off and say, 'This guy must be this way.' I understand how powerful TV is, but there's nothing I would do different."

Really Lamar? Nothing? Not one thing you'd change here?

For the moment, Odom is focused on getting back to his passion for basketball. "This is the love of the game for Lamar," he explained of his new team.

"I've got a winner mentality, the mentality of a champion."

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