There is a reason former NBA start Lamar Odom is considered a "walking miracle," and he revealed why in the latest of Kevin Hart's "Cold as Balls" web series.
Normally, these interviews with Hart are funny given his comic nature. However, things got deep when Hart brought up Odom's darkest moment back on Oct. 13, 2015. The 2011 6th Man of the Year was found unconscious and bleeding from his nose at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada.
Odom was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital, and said he was inches from death.
"I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma," Odom told Hart, who couldn't believe the statement.
"All my doctors that see me say I'm a walking miracle."
Odom was said to have used cocaine during his four-day bender at the Love Ranch, as well as alcohol. When Hart questioned what was going on in Odom's life that caused the bender to take place, the 28-year-old said it was anxiety.
"Probably anxiety. Anxiety has always been real bad for me," he explained. It's crazy because I made a living playing in front of 20,000 people."
Having also been married to reality star Khole Kardashian, Odom's personal life was anything but personal. He said it was hard to even leave his house during that time because paparazzi was constantly present.
"It made it tough to go outside," he said. "Every day, waking up, watching TMZ to see if you're going to be on it for the wrong reasons. It's not a comfortable feeling."
Now, Odom, a Queens native, has put those days past him. He has decided to write a book about his experiences as he believes it will help those who may be going through the same things today.
"I think my book will let anybody know that they can overcome anything -- anybody dealing with addiction or any type of problems they're going through," Odom said.
A two-time NBA champion with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, Odom played 14 years in the NBA with the Clippers, Heat and Mavericks as well. He averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists over 19.7 minutes per game over that span.