7 NBA Players Who Had Near Death Experiences

lamar odom overdose


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.”