Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant turned 40 years old Thursday, and received many well-wishes from former teammates, opponents, and even international soccer teams. But one message, from Lamar Odom, stood out above the rest.
There are no words in this world that can describe the mad love I have for you. I appreciate you Bean, you have been there for me during my darkest times until today and I hope until the end of times. We shined together in my most glorious times and those are like a tattoo in my heart . I can never repay you back for the unconditional love but I can tell you how much I appreciate you. Those memories we have together, nobody can take that away from us. Happy bday bro, you are forever my #1 brother for life. @kobebryant ❤️🙏🏿
Odom joined Bryant on the Lakers in 2004 as part of the trade that sent Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat. Odom and Bryant went on to make three Finals appearances and win two titles in their seven years together, before Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
Odom's post-NBA struggles have been back in the news recently, with the former Sixth Man of the Year telling Kevin Hart that he had six strokes and 12 heart attacks while he was in a coma in 2015. Odom, who last played in 2013, has also said he will be playing in China this upcoming season.
The 40-year-old Bryant, meanwhile, has no plans to return to basketball, recently shooting down rumors that he'd join Ice Cube's BIG3 3-on-3 league next year.