Lamar Odom Is No Longer a Pro Athlete but Wants to Take on a Popular Celeb in a Sport That Doesn’t Even Involve a Ball
Lamar Odom has become a well-known personality in the entertainment world over the years, thanks to his past marriage to Khloé Kardashian. However, his stardom all started on the basketball court, as Odom proved to be a talented player in the NBA. Odom hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2013, but that’s not keeping him from trying out a new sport. In fact, the former Laker recently called out another celebrity, and apparently wants to get revenge on that celeb for a fellow former NBA star. That celebrity is YouTuber Jake Paul.
Lamar Odom is a sports and TV star
Odom first entered the NBA when the LA Clippers selected him in the 1999 NBA draft, and he played well for the Clippers and Miami Heat in his first several seasons. He even averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game in 2000-01. Odom, though, really became a star once he and Kobe Bryant won championships together on the LA Lakers.
Odom played on the Lakers from 2004-05 through 2010-11, and won the 2010-11 Sixth Man of the Year award. He also helped Bryant win two NBA championships in LA. The Lakers, however, traded Odom in 2011, and he only played in the league for two more seasons after that, last playing in 2012-13.
Because of his successful career, sports fans certainly know Odom more for the years that he spent with Bryant on the Lakers. Reality TV fans, on the other hand, probably know him more for his past marriage to Khloé Kardashian. The two were married for several years before later getting divorced, and Odom ultimately appeared on multiple shows because of their marriage, including one just about their relationship called Khloé & Lamar.
The former NBA champion has since starred on several other shows over the years, including Dancing with the Stars in 2019.
Now, it appears he wants to use his stardom to go head-to-head with another celebrity.
Lamar Odom said he wants to get in the boxing ring with Jake Paul
Celebrity boxing has become extremely popular over the past couple of years. Odom is among the stars to venture into the sport, too, as he is scheduled to face Aaron Carter on June 12, according to Bleacher Report.
Despite not even getting into the ring with Carter yet, Odom already has his eyes set on his next opponent.
“After Aaron Carter, I would love to fight Jake Paul,” Odom said in a TMZ Sports video, per Bleacher Report. “For Nate Robinson.”
That would be an interesting fight as Odom is 6 feet, 10 inches, while Robinson, who Paul knocked out in the second round of a November bout, is only 5-9. It’s unclear, though, whether Paul is interested, and Odom must focus on Carter first.
However, Odom wouldn’t be the first massive star Jake, or his brother Logan Paul, have taken on.
Jake Paul and his brother have helped launch the celebrity boxing trend
Odom is most likely on a long list of celebrities who would like to fight Jake.
In addition to knocking out Robinson, Jake has also defeated former UFC fighter, Ben Askren. Logan, on the other hand, has a fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming up in June. He also fought his fellow YouTuber, KSI, in 2019.
Other former sports stars have also joined in on the movement with Odom and Robinson, as former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is scheduled to fight on Mayweather and Logan’s undercard next month. They could all potentially make a decent amount of cash from the events, too, as Logan told TMZ he could potentially make $20 million from fighting Mayweather.
Given Mayweather’s influence in the boxing world, though, it’s hard to imagine any celebrity fight making quite as much as a bout with him in it, but all of these fights will certainly make more than just pocket change.
So, will we see Odom and Jake go head-to-head? It’s hard to tell, but celebrity boxing isn’t going anywhere.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference