Former NBA star, Lamar Odom has taken to IG to pen an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, alongside his daughter, Gianna and 7 others.
Sharing a photo of them together, Lamar disclosed that Kobe taught him many things and if he had a choice to choose between his life and that of Kobe, he would have chosen Kobe’s.
He wrote on Instagram;
”This picture is just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court, he taught me how to carve out defences and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court, he taught me to sign my own checks lol.
“Of course, anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive.
“Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude, it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice…”