The former Los Angeles Lakers star recently sat down with Kevin Hart for a new episode of the comedian’s sports-themed web series, “Cold as Balls” — where Hart and his guest have a sit-down interview in an ice bath — and the two discussed Odom’s NBA career, as well as his 2015 hospitalization for a near-fatal overdose.
“All the doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle. I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma,” Odom recounted. “Every day, I’m alive. It’s much better than the alternative”
Odom cited “anxiety” and “bad decisions” as some of the causes of his addiction struggles, but credited ex-wife Khloe Kardashian for sticking by his side throughout his hospitalization.
“That was big,” he said of waking up to see Kardashian by his side, despite the fact that the two were in the midst of divorce proceedings at the time. The reality star dropped everything and put the couple’s divorce on hold, to support her ex throughout his recovery.
However, the high profile of the Kardashian-Jenner family meant even more spotlight shining on Odom. “It f**ked with my head, bro,” he admitted. “It made it tough to go outside. Every day, waking up, watching TMZ seeing if you’re going to be on it for the wrong reasons. It’s not a comfortable feeling.”