Lamar Odom Reportedly Will Avoid Cocaine Charges Following Hospitalization

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

Los Angeles Clippers' Lamar Odom waits during a time-out during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, March 1, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Former NBA forward Lamar Odom reportedly will not face criminal cocaine charges related to his October drug overdose at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada, according to TMZ Sports.

The Nye County District Attorney's office is expected to make a formal announcement later this week. Odom, 36, was released last week from the hospital after a nearly three-month stay.

He was initially transported to a medical facility Oct. 13 after overdosing on a cocktail of drugs that included cocaine, opiates and pills for sexual performance. Given a dire initial prognosis—doctors gave him a 50-50 shot at survival—Odom has gradually improved and began going through medical therapy to improve his motor and speech skills.

TMZ reported Odom had improved enough that he took three steps without a walker for the first time in December. He also has increased use of his hands and brain function. The improvements led to his being transported away from the hospital and into a rehab facility in Los Angeles last week. Family spokesperson Alvina Alston categorized Odom's recovery as "miraculous and continued," per ESPN.com.

Odom was last seen on an NBA court in 2013 as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. His life has been filled with turmoil in the years since, which have included a pending divorce from reality star Khloe Kardashian, drug problems and the death of two friends. While he briefly signed with the New York Knicks in 2014, he was unable to stay on the roster and has not played basketball professionally since.

A two-time NBA champion and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year winner, Odom averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in his career. He played for the Lakers, Clippers, Heat and Mavericks across 14 seasons.

 

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