7 NBA Players Who Had Near Death Experiences

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Lamar Odom’s October 2015 cocaine overdose is one of the more well known instances of an NBA athlete coming very close to dying. He was found passed out in a Crystal, Nevada brothel and was in a coma for four days. Doctors told him it was a miracle that he didn’t die. Interestingly enough, his then-wife Kourtney Kardashian withdrew her divorce request, which makes Odom one of the few people in history to have his marriage saved by cocaine and prostitutes.

Despite suffering several strokes, a kidney failure and fears of brain damage, his recovery has been going well. Odom said he is clean currently but remains in a constant battle: “I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle. I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.”