We like to focus on the BASKETBALL aspects of Lamar’s life, and damn does he look good.
L.A.Times: It took a day, but Lamar Odom’s smile and infectious personality returned.
He joked and talked about his beloved New York Yankees and the NFL and demonstrated his new boxing skills Wednesday.
Fun-loving, easy-going Lamar Odom was back, even after he had been tailed by paparazzi in about a half-dozen vehicles on his way to Lakers practice.
At Tuesday’s media day, Odom looked uncomfortable when all the talk surrounded his marriage Sunday to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.
But after two practice sessions, Odom was happy to talk about basketball, about the boxing class he took this summer to get in shape for the upcoming season as the Lakers defend their NBA crown.
Odom, who turns 30 in November, explained why he took up boxing and got into a boxing stance to show off his moves.
“If I can just turn my leg — Boom! — and knock you out with my right hand, I’ve got to be able to make a layup with my right hand,” Odom said as he feigned a right-handed jab.
Odom laughed, as did the media on hand, and the joke was on him because he’s left-handed and has been known to forgo shooting right-handed layups, and missing the few he has attempted.
This summer Odom worked out for two months at a gym in West Los Angeles. He figured boxing would help with his defensive play and give him a stronger muscle base for his ankles, legs and neck.
“I needed something really combative,” Odom said. “It made me think of defense. It was all footwork. It just made me think about competing at the highest level. It was one-on-one. I don’t get tired. I get my second wind easily.”