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Lamar Odom Eyeing BIG3 Comeback ... Says College Coach

8/10/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lamar Odom's seriously considering a basketball comeback ... and his sights are set on Ice Cube's BIG3 league -- so says a man who's been tight with L.O. since college.

TMZ Sports spoke with Lamar's Rhode Island coach, Jim Harrick -- who says he just talked to Odom the other day -- and says the basketball star is pumped about the idea of joining Cube's 3-on-3 league. 

It's actually a change of heart for Odom -- who previously told Harrick he wanted to hang up his sneakers for good ... "but this 3-on-3 has got him excited!"

Coach says Odom still has a ways to go health-wise ... but "if he can get in shape, he can play with anybody." 

Odom says he's sober now -- and vows to stay clean for his family. 

DMX Checks into Rehab

4/28/2017 3:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DMX is getting help at a rehab facility ... TMZ has learned ... on the heels of postponing concert dates.

Sources connected with DMX tell us he checked himself in Thursday night at a treatment center in Southern California. We're told X went voluntarily, but his manager, Pat Gallo, and ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, had encouraged the move.

The rapper has been to rehab before while battling substance abuse issues for years.

As we first reported, X had to cancel 3 shows this week due to what his rep called a "medical emergency." We're told he flew to Cali to get help because he felt he was "moving to a dark place" and wanted to make sure he stayed on the right path.

Sources at DMX's show in Brooklyn last week tell us he was drinking heavily beforehand.

In a statement, Gallo apologized to X's fans for the postponed shows, and says, "It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer."

He added, "We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support."

Ben Affleck Jennifer's Got My Back

3/15/2017 9:47 AM PDT

Ben Affleck's support system is right in front of him ... literally.

Ben and Jennifer Garner were out Wednesday in Santa Monica just 1 day after Ben announced he completed rehab.

As we reported, their divorce is still full steam ahead ... but they are serious co-parents who not only get along ... they still support each other.

Ben Affleck Completes Rehab

3/14/2017 3:29 PM PDT
Breaking News

Ben Affleck announced he's just completed a stint in rehab.

Sources tell us he was at a facility almost immediately after the Oscars 2 weeks ago. 

Ben says he took it upon himself to get help because he had renewed problems with alcohol abuse. A source familiar with the situation says the problem has been going on "a long time."

It's not Ben's first time in rehab. He went to Promises in Malibu back in 2001 for alcohol abuse.

There have been reports he was reconciling with Jennifer Garner and she was dropping the divorce, but our sources say that is not true.  

Ben says, "I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I've set out to do."

WWE's Sunny I Tried To Save Chyna Right Before She Died

2/4/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

WWE legend Tammy Sytch says she has "tremendous guilt feelings" about the death of her good friend, Chyna ... admitting she failed to get her the help she needed when she saw Chyna struggling.

Sytch -- aka Sunny -- was on her way to court-ordered rehab this week when she told us Chyna's death has been on her mind for months. The two were very close and would FaceTime every night.

The Hall of Famer says she recognized Chyna was going down a bad path and tried to convince her to go to rehab -- but she refused, and died while Sytch was seeking treatment for herself.

Obviously, Chyna's death isn't Tammy's fault ... but Sytch says she wishes she could've gotten her friend to see the light. Chyna passed away in April after overdosing on Rx pills and booze.

As for Tammy ... her next stop is another stint in rehab to combat her ongoing alcohol issues -- and she says she's receiving the full support of the WWE.

WWE Hall of Famer Released from Prison ... Going to Rehab

2/3/2017 11:09 AM PST
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WWE Hall of Famer Tammy Sytch -- aka "Sunny" -- has been released from prison and is currently on her way back to a rehab center ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The 44-year-old wrestling legend was locked up back in September for violating her probation stemming from a DUI case. 

She was released Friday and paroled to go to a rehab center. We spoke with Sytch via text messages and she confirmed she's on the way. 

Sytch has struggled with substance abuse over the years -- and was arrested for DUI 3 times in 2015

She insists she wants to get and stay clean and turn her life around. 

[H/T ProWrestlingSheet

Lamar Odom Apologizes to Khloe for Drug Benders ... Vows to Get Her Back

1/17/2017 11:41 AM PST
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Lamar Odom says he's grateful to Khloe Kardashian for staying by his side through his drug addiction and recovery ... and he wants her back.

Odom opened up about his battle with drugs on "The Doctors" -- and after completing a 30 day stint in rehab, he says one thing is perfectly clear ... "I want my wife back."

"Khloe is important to me," Lamar said ... "She's been through all of this with me and she stood right by my side so I just wanna repay her."

The issue, of course, is that Khloe not only filed for divorce ... and got it finalized ... she's already moved on to another NBA star, Tristan Thompson.

Still, Odom says he has a message for Khloe and the other family members he cares about.

"I just want to tell them I'm sorry for all that wasted time and wasted energy ... that in my addiction I didn't know who I was ... so I couldn't take care of myself. I damn sure couldn't take care of anybody else."

Lamar Odom: 'I Was Basically Committing Suicide' ... Before Rehab

1/17/2017 11:24 AM PST
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Lamar Odom says he was in a "dark place" before his 2015 drug overdose in Nevada ... and admits his addiction was so bad he was "basically committing suicide." 

Odom opened up about his past on "The Doctors" ... saying, "I wasn't in a good place mentally before that incident happened." 

He even referenced Khloe Kardashian.

"My wife at the time ... we were going through some things and I was in a dark place."

The show tracked Odom's journey through a 30 day stint at rehab -- where he addressed his demons head on.

Before the stint, Odom was asked if he was ashamed of some of the choices he's made. 

"Hell yeah. They were despicable. I was basically committing suicide."

Odom says he "conquered" the treatment and insists he's a changed man ... saying, "I want to get high off of life now."

Lamar Odom Checking Out of Rehab ... 'Doing Much Better'

1/5/2017 9:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lamar Odom has completed a 35 day stint in rehab and will be heading back to his home in L.A. today ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Lamar initially checked into the San Diego treatment facility last month as a preventative measure fearing the anniversary of his son's death in 2006 would drive him back to drugs.

He was also struggling with the recent finalization of his divorce from Khloe Kardashian

Sources close to Lamar tell us he's doing much better now after "successfully completing the program" and looks forward to getting on with his life back in Los Angeles.

Here's hoping he finds a clean bill of health in 2017.

Valerie Fairman's Death Five Shots at Rehab in Five Years

12/22/2016 8:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Valerie Fairman was desperately trying to get clean for years before she died from a suspected overdose ... according to her mother.

Valerie's mom, Janice Fairman, tells TMZ her daughter checked into 5 different rehab treatment facilities over the last 5 years, but she fell off the wagon every time. She says the last time was just a few months ago ... after Valerie had served time in prison for a probation violation.

Janice tells us she last spoke with Valerie a week and a half ago, and while they didn't discuss her sobriety, Janice says Valerie sounded "way up" and "very good."

As we reported ... Valerie died Wednesday while visiting a friend Pennsylvania. Janice says she does not know the friend.

'Blow' Star Jennifer Gimenez I Begged George Jung to Get Clean But He Blew Me Off

12/18/2016 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jennifer Gimenez came off the set of "Blow" as an addict, but turned herself into a rehab guru -- and says she would've helped George Jung get clean too ... if he wanted it.

The actress, who starred in the film about the famous drug smuggler, tells us she got word from someone in George's camp last year telling her he was drinking a lot ... and they were worried he'd get busted if he didn't get treatment.

Watch -- it sounds like the wheels were in motion, but then came to a hard stop when George got busted last week for a parole violation.

Todd Marinovich Back In Rehab ... After Strange Meth Arrest

12/15/2016 11:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NFL player Todd Marinovich is back in rehab ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke to Marinovich's lawyer, Adam Cole, who tells us the former USC star checked himself into a Southern California treatment center this week. 

As we previously reported, Marinovich was charged with several crimes -- including meth possession and public nudity -- after cops found him naked in a stranger's backyard back in August. 

The ex-QB was scheduled to appear in court this week, but couldn't attend the hearing because he's getting treatment. Cole says he'll give the District Attorney proof that Marinovich is at a rehab facility.

This isn't Marinovich's first time getting help -- he's been to rehab numerous times for substance abuse issues.

Lamar Odom Memory of Dead Son Triggers Rehab

12/14/2016 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lamar Odom checked himself into rehab out of fear he'd go on a major bender as his deceased son's birthday approached ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Lamar's son, Jayden, was born Dec 15, 2005, but died the following June from SIDS. We're told his son's death was the primary reason he started doing hardcore drugs ... and he was keenly aware the birthday might push him over the edge again.

As we reported, our Lamar sources say he went to a San Diego area facility late last week.

We're told Lamar's also struggling with the fact his divorce from Khloe will be final on Saturday, and he didn't want to be tempted to use.

Lamar is shooting for a 60 day rehab stint. He bailed after 3 weeks when he attempted rehab in 2012.

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