WAKE up the local basketball world and spread the word: NBA veteran Lamar Odom is playing for the Philippines.
Odom, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, will suit up for Team Philippines-Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Championship in February.
Odom himself personally announced his return to competitive basketball in his Twitter and Instagram accounts, adding that he’s excited to be given an opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Dubai tournament that will be participated in by top Middle East teams.
“I’d like to announce that I will be playing in The Dubai International Basketball Championship this February 1st 2019 !!!!!!! I will be representing team @mightysports_ph from the Philippines with my 4ever #7 !,” wrote Odom, who made waves during his time with Lakers where he helped superstar Kobe Bryant win the championships in 2009 and 2010.
“To me this is a great warming up for the @thebig3 !! It’s been a minute since I’ve professionally competed and I hope to be as explosive as I used to be! I was hoping to be ready for the Chinese CBA earlier this year but I didn’t feel that I was physically were I wanted to be. ( yet) I needed more time to recover from my multiple strokes and hearts attacks. Im not giving up and going in full force !! Patience and moving FORWARD is KEY!
Odom, now 39, expressed his appreciation to player-agent Sheryl Reyes and Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu for inviting him to play and represent the Philippines in the Dubai tournament.
“Special thanks to @femaleagentsr @charlestiu for making me part of this amazing tournament in Dubai,” added Odom, who will use the tournament as a warmup for joining the Big3 basketball league.
Mighty Sports team owner Caesar Wongchuking welcomed Odom to Team Philippines and Mighty Sports family.
“We welcome Mr. Lamar Odom to the Mighty Sports family,” said Wongchuking. who is also hoping to tap other NBA veterans to boost their title campaign after producing only one win the last time.
“It’s really a great honor to have such a great player to be part of our team representing the Philippines,” he added.
Also playing for Team Philippines-Mighty Sports in Dubai are Barangay Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and American Randolf Morris, who also plays for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Also invited to play for Team Philippines-Mighty Sports are top collegiate stars like La Salle’s Santi Santillan and UP’s Juan Gomez de Liano, along withGab Banal and former PBA star Joseph Yeo.
“We hope to add star power to the team because we have lots of fans in Dubai,” added Wongchuking.
This will mark the second time that Team Philippines-Mighty Sports will be competing in the premier Middle East event, having played there two years ago with Brownlee as one of the team’s imports.
Odom, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013, is hoping to catch on with Ice Cube’s team in the Big3.