Kobe Bryant on Brother Lamar Odom: His Progress Truly Is Remarkable

Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant opened up about his friend and former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Lamar Odom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, calling the athlete's progress "truly remarkable" Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Teammates for life. Kobe Bryant opened up about his friend and former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Lamar Odom, who’s been hospitalized since Oct. 13, in an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

“He’s a brother, above everything else,” the NBA star, 37, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s important to see him get back on his feet. It’s amazing to see him doing so well. It truly is remarkable.”

Odom, 35, and Bryant played for the Lakers together for seven years. Bryant is about to enter his 20th professional season and spoke about the game’s influence on both of their lives, nothing that Odom’s situation puts things “in perspective.”

“This is what we do,” Bryant said. “This is not who we are. Sometimes basketball can get in the way of life and in the way of living.”

Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband remains at Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A., and multiple sources revealed to Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, Oct. 26, that he has some major medical obstacles to overcome, including needing a kidney transplant.

“He can say a few words,” an insider told Us. “He’s doing a tiny bit better, but he has a very long road back to full recovery — if that.”

Amid Odom’s improvement, Kardashian resumed updating content on her premium app on Monday.

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