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Lamar Odom is 6 foot 10 inches and is a Pro Basketball Player. Odom plays small and power forward for the Los Angles Clippers. He was born on Nov. 6, 1979 in Jamaica, N.Y. When he was growing up, he got away from drugs and alcohol by playing basketball.

While in High school he played three years at Christ the King in Queens, NY and senior season at Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, NY before finishing up at St.Thomas Aquinas in Connecticut. In high school he averaged 25 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and five blocked shots as a senior at Redemption. Lamar was named the National Player of the Year by Parade Magazine in 1997 and was New York Daily News Player of the Year in 1996. Odom was a McDonald's All-American as a senior and starred in the 1997 Magic Johnson Round Ball Classic. He scored 36 points in the Catholic League championship game as a 15-year-old sophomore, breaking the individual scoring record for the game established by Lew Alcindor (Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and tied by current NBA players Kenny Anderson and Felipe Lopez.

In college as a sophomore he named First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference and Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after averaging 17.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Also, he was named Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP after hitting an electrifying, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Rhode Island over Temple, 62-59 in the A-10 Tournament championship game. He had career-high 28 points at St. Joseph's Feb. 21, career-high 15 rebounds vs. Brown, Nov. 24, 1998, and career-high 11 assists vs. George Washington March 5. Lamar had five-game stretch in January where he scored 20 or more points in each game.

Odom was once called the miracle man in L.A. He is one of the greats in the N.B.A. today. The Clippers are now a young team and one day will be one of the most dominant teams in the N.B.A. As the leader of this squad, he will one day bring home a N.B.A. Championship to the other L.A. team and take back the Staples center from The Lakers.



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