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Lakers' Pau Gasol

I Hope Lamar Returns to the NBA

10/2/2013 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Lakers center, Pau Gasol, is optimistic that Lamar Odom -- his friend and former teammate -- will make a triumphant return to the NBA ... but admits he's still in the dark about what's going on in Lamar's life.

All 7-feet of Pau hit up Katsuya in Hollywood last night ... where he told us he hasn't had any contact with Lamar since he began his crack-fueled downward spiral ... but he still thinks Lamar can come back.

"The main thing is that he's healthy and happy,"  Gasol told us ... but he also knows what it's gonna take for Lamar -- or any pro-baller -- to be competitive in the NBA.

"In my profession," he said, "if you don't train hard, you get off the train."

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Anonymous527496    

Paul Gasoline seems genuinely concern and in support of Lamar. That is a good friend right there. But why isn't anyone besides the wife and in laws staging an intervention? Dude needs help and no one seems to want to get involved.

197 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

I Hope Lamar Returns to the NBA......................i hope for world peace

197 days ago
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manbearpig    

lamar is DONE. he will never play nba ball again.

197 days ago
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Gary    

FACK you KMZ....you are making it sound like Pau said he was in "a crack fueled downward spiral" ..that's just PIMPMOM feeding you lines to print...why don't you just hand over this site to them?..you have ruined TMZ....go ahead and officially call it KMZ.

197 days ago
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jewelgrl    

Love you, Pau! You are a good guy

197 days ago
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TCYB    

"The main thing is that he's healthy and happy,"

Hoe do "healthy" get into this conversation about a crack user? Happy? You can't be.

197 days ago
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2idiots    

So far TMZ has not provided one shred of proof that Lamar is in fact using cocaine and is in a "downward spiral". All TMZ can attested to is what "sources" are saying. Without proof, TMZ has no credibility. Perhaps TMZ would like to back their smack...if not, step back.
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Interestingly enough, I just saw an article where Kris Jenner was asked about internet gossip and she admitted to reading things posted - specifically TMZ.
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I think it's time for TMZ to put their money where their mouth is and either complete the assassination of Lamar *by giving up PROOF of his addiction* or BACK OFF

197 days ago
8.

therealdeal    

why some dont want Lamar to return http://Fun4Days.com/sms/sms.php?share=189993

197 days ago
9.

myopinion    

I agree Pau!

197 days ago
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Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

The Lakers always pick up the ugliest players in the NBA. Lamar included.

197 days ago
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PG    

"All 7-feet of Pau hit up Katsuya in Hollywood last night ... where he told us he hasn't had any contact with Lamar since he began his crack-fueled downward spiral ... but he still thinks Lamar can come back." Did he really say, "since he began his crack fueled downward spiral?" Or did POS PMK tell you to print that? Harvey, you are worthless POS. Enjoy he!!.

197 days ago

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