By now, everyone has heard the tragic news that Lamar Odom has been hospitalized in Nevada after being found unconscious and taken to a local hospital. Odom's condition is said to remain critical, and any further updates since Tuesday night have been slow in coming. Fans and celebrities alike have been sending out their support for the 35-year-old, and his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian reportedly rushed to Odom's side after hearing the news, so, at the very least, we can feel reassured by the fact that he is surrounded by love during this trying time. Of course, times weren't always trying with the basketball player. In fact, these photos of Lamar Odom show happier times in the 35-year-old's life.
Although he is currently a free agent, Odom has enjoyed a long and decorated basketball career, as well as being very well-known for his high-profile relationship with, and eventual marriage to, Khloe Kardashian. Whether he's out with the Kardashians, on the court, or just plain having fun by himself, old pictures of him paint a happy portrait — which makes this current tragedy, and the personal tragedies that Odom has struggled with over the years, even more sad. So take my hand and take a trip with me down memory lane in photograph form, while we continue to wish Odom a speedy recovery.
1. A Wide Smile
He might be sweaty and exhausted, but he always has time to beam.
2. Game Face On
Sometimes, in the middle of basketball, the players just look like they're giving each other hugs.
3. Speaking Of Hugs
Tell me he doesn't look like a boss right here.
4. The Formerly Happy Couple
Just because things ended badly doesn't mean they didn't have happier times.
5. A Show Of Support
He gets by with a little help from his friends.
6. The Kardashian Klan
7. With Some Bonus Rob
This picture is so cute that I literally can't even handle it.
8. A Brief Moment Of Doubt
Odom looks troubled in this quick shot, but it could also be that he's just thinking about what he's going to eat after this.
9. In Which He Is A Perfect Reaction Gif
Or reaction photo, I should say? Either way, his face is perfect.
10. That Time Obama Showed Up
Does this make the Lakers the most presidential team out there? Basketball fans, debate.
11. The Good Old Days
When they were happy, they were really happy.
12. Nothing But Net
...at least, that's the goal here.
13. This Should Be A Meme
Seriously, why does he make such amazing faces?
14. It's All About The Body Language
I've changed my mind. This should be the meme.
15. Sparing Time For The Fans
It's great to see him showing love to the people who show him love. And it's even more great that even more people have come out of the woodwork to support him and send their condolences while we await his recovery.
16. I Don't Even Know Man
Is... is he stretching? I can't drag my eyes away from his expression. It's literally the best.
17. Now This Is A Real Stretch
Action shots for the win.
18. Showing Him Some Love
Basketball cuteness. MY HEART.
19. Everyone Deserves Their Own Wheaties Box
I would frame mine.
20. Taking A Seat
Not everything on the court is all about the action, you guys.
21. Boom, There It Is
It seemed only right to end on a high note for Odom.
While we might be looking at these photos during tragic circumstances, they remind us of better days, and are more incentive than we really need to keep Odom in our hearts and minds going forward.