Former NBA Sixth Man of a Year and two-time champion Lamar Odom suggested in his arriving memoir, “Darkness to Light,” that he cheated a drug exam in sequence to play for USA Basketball at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In an mention of a memoir, obtained by People magazine, Odom writes that being offering a mark on a organisation was “one of a biggest honors in my career.” However, “the fun of being named to a twelve-man register fast incited to stress when Olympic officials sensitive me that we would have to pass a drug exam before strictly fasten a team,” he writes.
Odom, who says he was “smoking weed each day that summer,” afterwards began to hunt online for a solution.
“We started googling ‘fake penises’ and complicated opposite ways to kick a drug test,” he writes.
So he ordered one, and yet he “was paranoid it wouldn’t work,” he says he used it — filled with his trainer’s urine — and upheld a test.
“(An official) stuck a thermometer in a crater to sign a heat … confident that a pee was mine, pronounced ‘Welcome to Team USA,’ ” Odom writes.
Team USA, that also featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan, went on to remove in a semifinals to Argentina before winning a Bronze medal — a most unsatisfactory finish in USA Basketball’s Olympic history.
Odom, who was traded from a Miami Heat to a Los Angeles Lakers a month before a 2004 Olympics, played and started all 8 games for Team USA, averaging 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Odom has mostly stayed out of a spotlight given his discouraging finish to 2015, when he was found unresponsive while spending time at a Nevada brothel after a near-fatal overdose while regulating heroin and passionate opening supplements. He spent 3 months in a sanatorium after a incident.
Odom, however, done his lapse to a basketball justice in Jan with a organisation in a Philippines, and he’s a co-captain of a organisation in a Big 3 league, that tips off a third deteriorate in June.
In an Instagram post final month, Odom, 39, wrote, “The reason i am creation a quip to basketball is since we REFUSE to listen to my fears though instead follow my heart. My heart, revelation me that we have to play basketball one some-more time to uncover people that we can OVERCOME obsession and LIVE a happy life enjoying a small things.”
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