There’s some growing consternation on the part of Metta World Peace when it comes to the visitors Lamar Odom is getting, as he slowly fights back from the coma he fell into last week while visiting a Nevada brothel. Metta thinks Odom’s children — 17-year-old daughter, Destiny, and 13-year-old son, Lamar Jr. — aren’t getting time enough with dad because of celebrities rushing to visit and offer condolences.
Odom is getting better, and receiving visitors, including the Clippers (Blake and DeAndre Jordan stopped by), Kobe Bryant, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, former teammate and Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, and most of the Kardashian family.
Many already know Odom’s estranged wife is Khloe Kardashian. That means — at least initially — her entire reality TV family was also at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Nevada this past week. Some are even blaming the Kardashian brood for Lamar’s present condition, or simply referring to Odom as somehow ancillary to the Kardashian fame bubble now dominating headlines beside his condition.
The latter narrative isn’t grounded in reality. Lamar is a fantastic basketball player, and the Kardashian overlap is a coincidence of circumstance more than something that should — or, at least to some, has come to — define him.
Because the story has now gotten so big, the fame machine is involved. Bill Oram of the Orange County Register was getting direct quotes from the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Odom’s condition last week. All the usual celebrity rags and online entities are reporting Lamar’s progress, and basketball writers have given TMZ more traffic than when Donald Sterling’s audio tape leaked.