Lamar Odom is interested in joining The BIG3. The former NBA star has thrown his hat in the ring to take part in the second season of Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league, making him the latest former NBA player to potentially join the hoops association’s sophomore campaign.
Odom last played in the NBA in 2013. In November, he passed out in a nightclub, a scary incident at the time. But he appears to be OK, and if he’s thinking about basketball again it seems like that’s certainly a good thing.
Ice Cube has already publicly stated that Odom would be welcome back if he’s in game shape, but now we know there’s mutual interest in an Odom comeback. TMZ reported on Thursday that Odom wants to play, and has special incentive to do so.
The cameraman asked when Odom would play in the BIG3, and Odom responded with a quick “maybe this summer.”
Odom was asked who he’d like to play with, and he said it didn’t matter. He just wants to play to honor the memory of Rasual Butler, who tragically died in a car accident last month.
“The person I wanted to play for just passed away so it doesn’t matter,” Odom said. “I just want to go out there and represent for him.’
Teams around the league had tributes for Butler and many players have spoken out about the impact he had on their lives, so it’s touching to see Odom say he’d play in his memory. If there’s interest on both sides it seems very likely to happen, but nothing is official just yet.