Two-time NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom told Filipino reporters that he wants to grace the Philippine hardwood for the long haul at a press conference at Solaire Resort & Casino, in Manila.
"I love the Filipino. The Filipino people have been very welcoming. I see myself playing here,” said Odom, even admitting that he is considering to be a naturalized Filipino player if given the chance.
"I will definitely entertain that idea," he added.
Regardless of his age (39), he said he still shoots the ball very well and practices one on one.
"I've been shooting the ball very well. Me and Jeremiah Greg do one on one moves. That what makes me feel good," – he said.
Odom's agent, Sheryl Reyes added she wanted him to play for Alab Pilipinas or in the PBA.
Odom's Manager, Zou El Fassi told reporters that for five years, he has suffered 12 strokes and six heart attacks.
Odom admitted that the challenges he faced was a humbling period in his life.
"It's very humbling. Whenever I had problems, I don't mind being humbled in front of the world," he said.
He assured Filipino fans that he will exert his full effort when he finally plays for Mighty Sports.
"They can expect all out effort. Double or even quadruple wins. I hope I make them proud," he said
Reyes said that Odom was also planning to hold a charity event for the kids in Valenzuela to instill the spirit of gift giving.