Lamar Odom tells TMZ he hasn't been blackballed from the Kardashian family -- and WAS invited to Kanye's big proposal to Kim -- but he CHOSE not to go because he had better things to do that night.
It was just one of the topics Lamar addressed on his way out of the Spitting Chicken Cantina in Sherman Oaks, CA last night ... telling us about his friendship with Kobe, his relationship with his dad and his battle to get back into the NBA.
In fact, L.O. says he believes he's back in playing shape -- telling us, "I can play a basketball game and probably play really well."
He wanted to prove it by showing off his physique -- jokingly asking, "Do you wanna see me with my shirt off or my pants down?"
Don't worry, he didn't follow through on his offer.
In the end, Lamar couldn't have been nicer .... but something still seems off.
I'm Wearing My Ring, I'm Healthy, I Could Be a Laker
10/22/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom aggressively wanted to talk to a photog yesterday, about life, health, basketball and marriage.
Lamar has NEVER been chatty, so this lunchtime video is pretty shocking. The photog tries to end the interview several times and Lamar actually calls him back. Among the subjects:
-- His prospects of returning to the Lakers
-- His outlook on life and death
-- His obsession with health
You gotta see it. It's as revealing as anything we've seen in a long time.
to 7-Year-Old Kid
Don't Do Drugs
10/22/2013 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Do as he says, not as he does -- at least that was Lamar Odom's advice to a 7-year-old boy Saturday night ... when he warned him about the dangers of drug abuse.
Odom was at a birthday party at Tokyo Delves in North Hollywood -- along with about 20 people -- when the young boy named Elijah approached Odom to ask for a photo.
Elijah's mother tells us, Odom initially turned the kid down, offering to shake Elijah's hand instead and have a brief conversation ... which they did.
The mom says Lamar pontificated about the merits of education and staying in school -- and even encouraged Elijah (who is tall for his age) to play basketball -- but the ironic twist, Lamar finished the conversation by telling him, "Don't do drugs."
He then offered to take the above photo, despite previously refusing.
And this is cool -- sources in the restaurant say Lamar covered the tab for the birthday party (totaling more than $1,000) and left a $200 tip.
10/20/2013 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom's got recovery on his mind -- chowing down on a healthy breakfast in L.A. this morning.
Sources at Crave restaurant in Sherman Oaks tell TMZ, Odom only stopped by for about 20 minutes with another person, but ordered a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, fruit, and coffee.
We're told he ate pretty much everything, which is a good sign ... because if his appetite is returning, it could mean he's finally weaning himself off crack.
As we reported, Lamar's been looking thinner and thinner recently, so a good meal could really benefit him. Especially if he's considering a return to the NBA.
Khloe and Lamar
Where There's a Will
There's a Fortune
10/19/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian has been heroic in trying to save Lamar Odom, but there's a cold, hard fact ... there's a financial reason why she shouldn't divorce him just yet ... because she's set to inherit millions if something terrible happens.
Numerous Kardashian family sources tell us ... Lamar has a will which leaves the lion's share of his assets to Khloe. Lamar has made more than $100 million dollars over his13-year career, and unlike other players, we're told he hasn't blown through it.
We're also told he has a life insurance policy that makes Khloe the primary beneficiary.
As we have previously reported, Khloe is ready to file for divorce but hasn't done so because she fears it would push Lamar over the edge.
This is not to say Khloe is motivated by money. Everything points to the fact she is NOT and she really cares about Lamar. But reality is reality.
Efron & Odom
READ OUR THUMBS
... No Drug Problems Here!
10/16/2013 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zac Efron and Lamar Odom haven't let their cocaine problems drag them down completely -- in fact, they're both trying to stay positive ... flashing thumbs up signs in L.A.
Having a positive mental attitude is an important first step. Let's just hope they don't crack.
Tries to Land
Big Lamar Sit-Down
10/16/2013 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oprah Winfrey is making a full-court press to get Lamar Odom to sit down and unload ... sources connected with both O and Lamar tell TMZ.
We're told no deal has been made, but there have been serious discussions and we're told Lamar is game if the conditions are right.
As for the topics -- drug use, Lamar's troubled marriage to Khloe Kardashian and his future in basketball.
Oprah and Lamar have history ... during her Kardashian special, she spoke with everyone in the family including Lamar. He's been skittish about doing interviews with anyone, but O seems to be an exception.
Eating Armenian, But Still
10/16/2013 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom ate out last night -- Armenian, of course -- but emerged from the restaurant looking scarily thin ... especially for a guy trying to make an NBA comeback after a months-long drug binge.
Lamar and some friends hit up Gavar Cuisine in Glendale, CA -- and he walked out sporting his customary Nike warmup, white tee, and interestingly ... a rosary.
LO thinks he can kick his drug habit without rehab AND return to game-shape for the upcoming NBA season, so ... if anyone could use religion it's him.
But judging by his gaunt frame ... what he really needs is a couple of double-cheeseburgers.
Gets Trimmed for 'Meeting Wit Lakers'
10/15/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom is way beyond first impressions with the Lakers ... but, all the same, he got a fresh shave of his head for a meeting with the team on Monday ... TMZ has learned.
Lamar's barber in the Valley, a dude named Enzo, hooked up the troubled NBA star Monday morning -- and even gave LO his trademark star on the back of his head ... which he sported during past seasons with the Lakers.
Our sources tell us Lamar met with Laker execs Monday afternoon to discuss terms of a possible return. We're told things went well -- though nothing's been signed -- and that Lamar's first choice has always been to return to the Lakers.
It's pretty amazing ... a little more than a month ago Lamar was smoking crack and deep in the throes of drug addiction. But as we first reported, Odom has been adamant he can cut off his drug abuse without going to rehab.
It remains to be seen if an NBA team buys that (and we know Khloe Kardashian isn't) -- but as one source put it ... lately Lamar has sounded more like his old self.
On his Instagram, Lamar's barber wrote, "Wish em the best of luck in his meeting wit the Lakers today."
Maybe Enzo has the purple and gold touch.
Lamar Odom's Dad
10/14/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's the Lamar Odom reconciliation no one expected -- less than a month after publicly ripping his father ... TMZ has learned the two are patching things up in a big way.
Joe Odom and Lamar were spotted walking together in Venice last weekend ... and sources close to the Odoms tell us they've been hanging out for the last week or so around Marina del Rey, where Joe lives. The pic first posted on terezowens.com
We're told they've been hanging at the beach, eating out together, etc. -- and things are going well. Lamar has even been spending nights at his dad's place.
As we reported, Lamar and his dad had a massive falling out over comments Joe made to the media, blaming the Kardashians for Lamar's crack addiction ... and calling Kris Jenner "an evil bitch." Joe said Lamar cut off his rent soon after that.
It's unclear if Lamar will resume paying his dad's rent -- which he's been doing for years.
FYI, if Lamar doesn't pay by October 23, we're told Joe could be out on his ass.
Flying to NYC
For Basketball Meetings
10/9/2013 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:20 PM PT -- Lamar bailed on the flight to NYC. We're told he became uneasy about making the trip after we posted this story about his plans -- and he has not rescheduled.
Lamar Odom is flying to New York later today ... to meet with honchos from several basketball teams, and he's carrying what he claims is proof that he's clean and sober ... sources connected with Lamar tell TMZ.
Our sources say on Tuesday ... Lamar underwent blood and urine tests for drugs, and he tested NEGATIVE for drugs.
This is consistent with what other sources have told us about his time with the Kardashians on Tuesday. We're told he was lucid and showed no signs of being under the influence of drugs.
We're told Lamar has had private conversations with execs from several teams who have expressed interest in him, provided he could show he was clean ... and the purpose of the trip is to meet with them and possibly strike a deal.
Our sources also say Lamar wanted to go to New York to visit his family, and get away from "the negative energy."
And finally, our sources tell us Lamar says he's had his fun with drugs and is ready to re-start his basketball career. Fact is ... he's done that before.
Khloe and Lamar
Divorce Will Be Simple
10/9/2013 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian wants to divorce Lamar Odom -- even though she hasn't pulled the trigger -- and there will be NO disputes because everything is predetermined by their prenup ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Khloe is "anxious" to end the marriage but, as we first reported, she hasn't had papers drawn up because she fears it could push Lamar over the edge -- she's worried he'll OD or commit suicide.
But we're told Khloe is waiting for the right time to make her move, and when she does the divorce will go without a hitch. That's because the prenup keeps the assets of Khloe and Lamar separate ... sources familiar with the document tell TMZ.
In fact, we're told Lamar is so deep into the world of drugs, he's in no position to start haggling, even if there were something over which to haggle. As we reported, Lamar has been using crack off and on for months, among other drugs, and is probably legally incompetent to negotiate anything.
One more thing. There are stories floating around that there's an "infidelity clause" in the prenup, giving Khloe more money if Lamar had cheated. All of our sources make it clear -- NO SUCH CLAUSE is in the prenup.
Lamar & Khloe
Reunite and Rally for Mom
But Marriage Still on Life Support
10/9/2013 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian finally came back together in public -- for the first time in months -- and all it took for them to reunite was Kris Jenner getting separated.
Khloe and Lamar were photographed driving together -- she had the wheel, he rode shotgun -- near her mom's home in Calabasas ... right around the time news broke about Kris and Bruce Jenner's split on Tuesday.
Nothing too warm and fuzzy about the look on their faces in the SUV ... but it is the first time KK and LO did anything together -- besides discussing his drug addiction -- since early summer.
Despite the fact they appear to be rallying for Kris ... our sources say Khloe and Lamar's marriage is still much closer to being over than reconciled.
Even momager Kris might not be able to fix this one -- plus, she's got her own issues now.