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Metta World Peace on Lamar Odom: ‘I was worried’

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New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace was concerned about his childhood friend Lamar Odom amid reports of marital issues and drug and alcohol abuse. So much so, that he reached out and gave him a phone call. 

Via ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Arash Markhazi:

 “I spoke to him and he’s working out,” World Peace said. “I’m happy that I spoke to him. I was a little bit upset because I know he’s in another stage in his life now, but when you know somebody since they’re 11 years old and they’re going through adversity and you can’t get to them, me and Elton [Brand] were very upset. We won a championship together, we played with each other since we were kids, and we came into the league together and were on the same team for years. Now our brother is in a little bit of trouble and we don’t know where he’s at, so me and Elton were pretty concerned. I finally hunted his number down and I talked to him and was relieved after that. It was stressful.”

Like many Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and NBA fans who root for the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year, World Peace was genuinely concerned. Without being able to sift through all the reports about his whereabouts and condition, which were often conflicting, he grew concerned enough to lend an ear and determine what was going on for himself.

Also not unlike the much of the general public, he was relieved to hear of his desire to work out, get back in basketball shape and make a potential return to the Clippers. 

When he’s right, Odom is one of the most skilled players in the NBA who can play all five positions. In his last full season with the Clippers, he played in all 82 games, starting two and averaging 4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 19.7 minutes. 

As for World Peace, the ex-Lakers champion is averaging career lows of 7.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 11 games. The Knicks are struggling at just 3-10 as they try to climb back into relevancy in the Eastern Conference. 

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