Many around the NBA and beyond are pulling for Lamar Odom, who was found unresponsive by staff at a brothel in Nevada on Tuesday.
The true extent of Odom's condition remains unknown. TMZ is reporting that the former NBA forward is "fighting for his life" in a Las Vegas hospital.
So far, all we have from Odom's people is a nebulous statement from the forward's agent, Jeff Schwartz. USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt tweeted out the message Wednesday morning:
Schwartz's statement leaves us with questions aplenty, and one person who needed more answers than that was Kobe Bryant.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 13. 1:23 p.m. EST.
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson says he has visited with Lamar Odom since his admission at Sunrise Hospital.
Jackson left the hospital Wednesday morning. The Orange County Register's Bill Oram tweeted out a picture of Jackson and several remarks he made about his condition.
According to Jackson, Odom is on life support but is showing more responsiveness than when he initially arrived at the hospital. He also confirmed Bryant's post-game visit:
Obviously, the use of life support, if true, confirms TMZ's earlier reports that Odom's condition is indeed very serious. On the bright side, the improved responsiveness and presence of loved ones in his room is heartening news.
We'll update this story as more details arrive.
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Bryant was in Las Vegas on Tuesday night for a Lakers preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Arena. After hearing of Odom's condition, it appears the Lakers shooting guard left the venue after the game's conclusion to be with his former teammate.
Reporters at the game noted Bryant's speedy departure from the arena after the contest. The Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina tweeted that the team cited personal reasons for Bryant's absence at media availability.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Carp speculated that Bryant had gone to visit Odom at the Sunrise Hospital.
More details have emerged since game's end.
Medina tweeted that he'd been told by his sources that the Lakers had delayed their flight so Bryant and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak could be with Odom in the hospital.
Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen tweeted that many on the team spent the flight praying for Odom.
Since news of Odom's hospitalization broke, other NBA players have taken to social media to express their well wishes:
Dwyane Wade seems to have been hit especially hard by the developments:
This is a sad, sad story.
Odom's fall from NBA stardom to reality TV subplot was as public as it was ugly. Drug abuse rumors swirled (and continue to). Whispers of rehab stints followed stretches of days where he'd just disappear into thin air. He didn't seem to trust anyone with the truth of his condition.
Perhaps now, if there's anyone left who could get through to Odom, it is Bryant. The two were teammates for seven years and won two championships together. It's not Bryant's character or job description to play life coach, but showing up to Odom's bedside in his darkest hour means something.
If your friends won't write you off, maybe you shouldn't, either.
Dan is on Twitter. Get well, Lamar.