Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom will feature at the Dubai International Basketball Championship to be held in February 2019.
The 39-year-old took to Instagram to announce his return to professional basketball, revealing that he will be playing for the Philippine basketball team in the tournament.
Odom wrote on Instagram: “I’d like to announce that I will be playing in The Dubai International Championship this February 1st 2019. I will be representing team [Mighty Sports] from the Philippines with my 4ever #7.”
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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 ! 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! Special thanks to @femaleagentsr @charlestiu for making me part of this amazing tournament in Dubai! #teamreyes ! This wouldn't be possible without the support of my kids, @destiny_odom @lamar.morales.odom, MY FANS, my team @jared_dyem @bryantaustin23 @xpesports @billythakid23 @m2exec @showtimepersonaldevelopment @willvlo @personaltrainingclub.eu @alicia.sofia_ @rickmari @therealyasin @ninetyplusofficial @mr2rchiang @chaselucid @saamzangenehlaw @hemplucid ! Thanks @iamzoul for building the road to my comeback life chapter ! LETSGOO 💪🏿#newpages #2019 #dubai #manila #basketball
The tournament is scheduled from February 1 to February 9 next year and will be the first time the former Lakers forward takes to the court since 2015 when he faced a health crisis.
The last time he played professionally was in 2013 for the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Philippine team will be participating in the tournament for the second time and will be led by basketball coach and expert Charles Tiu, according to The Filipino Times.
In reference to professional 3v3 basketball leagues usually featuring retired NBA players, Odom wrote: “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!”
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