I don't understand why I find myself the unlikely champion of things Kardashian, but this latest chapter that the family is facing is deeply painful. For the many that have never seen one episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it isn't always what you expect it is. There are true and real moments. None more real than watching the demons rise and take over the beloved NBA star, Lamar Odom. Yes, before he was married to Khloe Kardashian, he was an All-American high school basketball star from NYC. He was a star and essential player to one of the Lakers championship teams.
Through all this success, tragedy wreaked havoc throughout his life. His mother died when he was a young boy, his father was a drug addict and fought his own demons, he was in a car accident that killed a 15 year old boy, two of his best buddies died within a week of each other from drug-related reasons, and that's all off the top of my head. He has two children from his first wife. He married Khloe Kardashian and they were really in love. I know, how can you know what's real, but they were so cute together. His boyish charm and her twinkling eyes were infectious. They were the best of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. When Lamar got traded to Dallas, we all felt their pain of moving and the struggles. We felt their pain of trying to have a baby. We felt the deep pain when Lamar's Dad tried to get back into his life only to tear him down again and kick him to the curb. We watched Lamar's demons kill their marriage. She fought for him. He fought but he was fighting the wrong battle. The drugs and the self-hate kept winning.
So laugh or mock me for caring about this, but this part of the Kardashian reality was and is real. They didn't sugar coat it. They bravely shared the real struggle of addiction and that love couldn't buoy Lamar. Khloe and Lamar have been separated for a long time, neither could let go. She tried to move on and maybe that was the BS part for TV viewers, and their divorce may or may not be finalized. That is a bit vague. In any case when Khloe heard that Lamar was found unconscious, taken to the hospital, and on life support, she dropped everything and flew to be by his side. She hasn't left since. She may be the one to make any medical decisions. Lamar Odom is a 35 year old man loved by everyone who ever got the chance to know him, fighting to stay alive, and his dark side may win out.
You may ask, why am I wasting my thoughts on this? Well first of all, I love Lamar from afar. Loved him as a player, loved him on TV, admired his honesty, and today I read that Scott Van Pelt from ESPN went nasty and ugly on the Kardashians and their place in Lamar's life. Whatever ugly Van Pelt feels about the Kardashians, I will go out on a limb that he never watched the show or talked to Lamar about his love, Khloe. It's not the time to be disparaging when they may be losing a family member and loved one. There's enough pain here, don't add to it.
I want a fairy tale ending here, but don't think it will happen. I want Lamar to wake up, see the light, fight his demons successfully, and ride off into the sunset with Khloe. All I can do is keep good thoughts for him. He deserves so much more happy times.
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