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Being humbled has been a part of my life for a long time.
– Lamar Odom
Remember when Jay-Z wore a Che Guevara T-shirt? Nobody knew who Che was. Then Jay-Z wears it, and it’s everywhere.
Most people don’t want to get married. Being married, that’s a responsibility.
I think it’s easy for people to say, ‘Because you do this, you must be this kind of person, vain or uptight or mean to people.’ People have a sense of who you may be because of the job you do. That’s unfair judgment.
When I had to bury my child, I probably didn’t start grieving until a year and a half later.
Death always seems to be around me.
It’s good that I put my personal ego aside. My basketball ego was, ‘Why we negotiating?’ But my personal ego didn’t take it personal. I put my personal ego aside a little bit.
Negative publicity makes people forget your best times.
Respect goes a long way when you carry yourself a certain way and show manners when you first meet someone. If you do that, then it’s hard for somebody not to like you.
I’m going to say my favorite thing is to eat salads, and I’ll be like the altar boy.
If your dad always has candy, how cool is he? Coolest dude in the world. My kids think I’m cool.
Organizations are trying to save extra money. Players are trying to get extra money. That’s the way it is.
We all have regrets, but the thing is to learn from life.
I don’t want a girlfriend because that means I’ve got a responsibility. I have a responsibility to call you. I have a responsibility not to be with another woman. I have a responsibility to be there on time when you need me.
The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team.
The young men in the inner city are without guidance, robbing and shooting each other with no remorse… Our system is crazy because we’re planning to fail. Everybody needs something to grasp on to.
People making it like I sit there and eat a whole plate of candy before I play a basketball game. I don’t think anyone could do that.
I was going to fight for what I wanted first, and that was being in L.A. and being a Laker. L.A. was the first place that came to my mind. That’s where my heart was at.
Where I’m from, you’re a square if you go to church or if you decide to read the Koran or Bible.
I consider myself a little weak.
I don’t think nobody’s doubting I can play basketball.
The Lakers are family. My kids don’t have to switch schools. Little things like that are important. People don’t think about things like that. I feel like something special is going to happen in this town.
For years I’ve been seeing my young brothers wearing Scarface T-shirts, John Gotti T-shirts, Rick James T-shirts. We don’t have any icons or idols to look up to, just rappers and professional athletes.
My grandmother was always upbeat, a naturally happy person. I think I got that from her.
I’ve got a winner mentality, the mentality of a champion.
My mother and grandmother raised me. Queens raised me.