What started out as a whirlwind romance for Khloe Kardashian and former NBA star Lamar Odom has ended in a divorce that was finalized on December 17, 2016. But Lamar was well known in the NBA and professional sports world long before the Kardashians even had their iconic reality television show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Born in Queens, New York, Lamar endured a rough childhood with the early loss of his mother to cancer and his father being addicted to heroin. Lamar, who was primarily raised by his grandmother, managed to overcome his circumstances by dedicating all of his time and energy to perfecting his basketball skills. Despite being transferred to multiple schools due to his poor grades, Lamar managed to stand out on the basketball court and was named the Parade Player of the year in 1997. Between playing in the NBA and marrying Khloe Kardashian, to his recent addiction issues with drugs and alcohol, read on to find out how much Lamar is worth now.
Lamar Odom Net Worth as of 2017: $12 Million
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lamar’s net worth isn’t so high right now. His net worth, which was estimated above $50 million before 2013, has declined significantly since his retirement from the NBA and his severe health problems. Here’s a breakdown of how Lamar’s earned (and lost) his wealth so far.
After being named Parade Player of the year in 1997, Lamar Odom entered the NBA draft in 1999 and was the fourth overall pick for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2003, Odom was picked up by the Miami Heat and finally made the move to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004. It is estimated that he earned roughly $3 million annually from his NBA contracts.
With the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom won two consecutive NBA Championship titles in 2009 and 2010. He first met Khloe Kardashian in 2009 and the couple married after dating for only one month. Their wedding and post-marriage bliss was captured on multiple reality television shows, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Khloe and Lamar in 2010. Their wedded bliss, turned out to be short-lived however, as Khloe filed for divorce in 2013 and Lamar stopped receiving money from the couple’s television fame. Lamar was also arrested for a DUI in 2013, marking the beginning of his public struggle with drugs and alcohol., and had to serve jail time. Lamar officially retired from the NBA in 2013.
In 2015, Lamar Odom was hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit for multiple strokes and failed kidneys after suffering from a drug overdose at a Las Vegas brothel. While in a coma, Lamar was airlifted from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, where he struggled to stay alive for weeks. He eventually pulled through, but his health suffered significantly. Although Khloe Kardashian put their divorce on hold while Lamar recovered, she refiled in 2016 and the couple’s divorce was finalized on December 17, 2016. Lamar’s criminal indiscretions and health problems shrunk his net worth down to 2016 and his divorce from Khloe will likely affect his diminished net worth further.
After his hospitalization, Lamar is focused on rehab and going back to the gym. His personal trainer Jackie B, from Beasts at Play Sports is on the receiving end of Lamar’s steady recovery. In a photo from one of their one-on-one sessions, Jackie captioned, “Everybody knows one of my favorite ways to play is boxing. Had to pull out of the gloves today but I didn’t really anticipate what 6’10 punches felt like. Look at my face!”
The athlete is regaining more than just his muscle. Lamar is learning from his mistakes and, in an exclusive interview with The Doctors, he said, “The most important thing I took away from [rehab] is that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for being.”