Lamar Odom has spent the past week at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and could face a rehabilitation period of at least six months. The former NBA player is recovering from a life-threatening collapse on Oct. 13. He had a long road ahead, according to close friend and former college basketball coach Jim Harrick, according to Daily Mail.
Wife Khloe Kardashian has been by his side ever since the tragedy two weeks ago. She has also requested that her divorce be placed on hold until further notice. An insider claims that she is trying to reconcile with the former NBA player.
The Nye County Sheriff in Nevada said Lamar Odom is suspected of using cocaine with the sexual-performance enhancement pills. However, the basketball star has a grueling path to recovery ahead of him. Harrick told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone conversation on Monday morning.
“Obviously there is a lot of attention about all this but the thing to remember is that there is a long road ahead to rehabilitation,” said Harrick, the reality star’s coach at the University of Rhode Island for the 1998-99 season. “This is serious stuff. It could be six months or more for rehab and all that. We don’t know what state his kidneys and lungs are going to be in.”
The 35-year-old was due to divorce his wife, reality television star Khloe Kardashian, before a lawyer for the pair withdrew the divorce paperwork at a Los Angeles court last week. Friends grew concerned about his behavior in recent months, before the dramatic events of Oct. 13, when employees at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nev., made a 911 call when he was found in a state of distress by two prostitutes.
For the past year, The Kardashian family was hoping for a reunion with Lamar Odom so that he could reconcile with Khloe. Unfortunately, Odom’s behavior and drug use has always been a question by the family. The couple split last year, selling their house, but Odom never returned to gather his belongings.
Radar Online reports that multiple staffers at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where Lamar Odom was initially brought following his health breakdown, have been canned. There are allegations that they attempted to sneak pictures of the ailing athlete. Some media outlets report that several people tried to take photos to later sell them to tabloids.
Odom was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, a two-time world champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and an Olympic bronze medalist with Team USA at Athens in 2004. “The big thing is that we don’t feel he is going to die,” Harrick said. “That was the hard part, not knowing about that. All the guys he knows, all the guys he played with, everyone has just been hanging on pins and needles waiting to see what is going to happen. I love him and care about him. You can see from the reaction how people feel about him. I just want him to get right and have a long and happy life.”