Lamar Odom says he's absolutely NOT a drug addict ... doesn't need professional help ... and is confident he'll play in the NBA next season.
He's wrong on all 3 counts.
33-year-old Odom went to Teru Sushi in Studio City last night ... and after taking some photos with fans, he finally addressed the media about drug issues in his life ... claiming everything is hunky-dory.
Problem is ... Odom is clearly in denial. As we've previously reported, just about everyone in his life -- personally and professionally -- knows about his battle with substance abuse, including his wife Khloe Kardashian.
In the last year alone, Lamar's been thrown out of hotels ... busted for DUI ... spent time in rehab ... and dropped from multiple NBA teams.
Still, Lamar insists ... "Life is good."
At Apt Building with Fans
9/10/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom is getting a ton of support from fans in downtown L.A. ... where he kept up his strange nocturnal movements Monday night.
We spotted Lamar in his black track suit just after 10 PM in the the lobby of the apartment building where he's now living -- and he was posing for photos with several fans.
Lamar posed for photos with at least 3 fans -- including a middle-aged woman and her family -- before making an exit through the building's parking garage.
Lamar's been seen multiple times in the last few days wandering near the building late at night -- and sure isn't, outwardly anyway, acting like a guy in the grips of a serious crack addiction.
Not to mention being right on the verge of destroying his NBA career, and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.
Smile and the whole world smiles with you?
Khloe Charged at Me
Like an 'Uncaged Animal'
9/9/2013 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom's drug-induced paranoia, crack binging, and Khloe Kardashian's jealous rage -- the NBA star's ex "roommate" told the FULL STORY about her summer with Lamar ... and it's wild.
Polina Polonsky was on TMZ Live -- we posted an excerpt where she described Lamar completely unraveling in her L.A. apartment this summer ... smoking crack and becoming paranoid.
Now here's the full monty ... Polina talks about how Lamar practically began behaving like a toddler while living with her -- and how Khloe eventually barged in to her apartment in the middle of the night like an "uncaged animal."
'Roommate' Says ...
I Saw Him Do Crack
9/9/2013 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The lawyer who lived with Lamar Odom for 6 weeks in June and July tells TMZ ... Lamar was doing crack in her apartment.
Polina Polonsky is a criminal defense lawyer who met Lamar in the Spring at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. She told us on TMZ Live ... he was smoking crack and doing other drugs while he stayed with her ... but she says things really spun out-of-control when he moved out.
Polina tells us Lamar became paranoid while he lived with her ... taking the battery out of his phone because he felt he was being followed with the aid of a GPS device. He also covered the smoke detectors with paper towels.
Polina says Khloe Kardashian came banging on the door in July, barged in, took charge and took Lamar out. She received a text from Lamar shortly after he left, calling her a "groupie, junkie ... crack head." She says she knows it wasn't Lamar who sent the text ... it was Khloe.
The entire interview will be on TMZ Live today ... which, by the way, debuts on all Fox-owned TV stations around the country.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
9/7/2013 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rough week for Lamar Odom, who is in the grips of a life-threatening crack addiction. And Syria was serious too, unless you're John McCain. So we gotta ask ...
Miso Soup Please
Hold the Sushi
9/6/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom just left an L.A. sushi restaurant with a friend ... where he ordered no sushi.
Lamar was there for lunch ... a very light lunch, consisting of a bowl of miso soup and 2 green teas.
Lamar barely touched the soup, and spent most of the time ignoring his friend while he chatted on his phone.
The staff tells TMZ ... Lamar was nice enough. The bill came to a whopping $7. Lamar plunked down a 20 and went on his not-so-merry way.
There are reports Lamar is getting outpatient treatment for his crack problem.
$800 Per Day Summer Drug Habit
9/6/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom fell deep into the world of hardcore drugs during a wild summer in Hollywood ... where he spent as much as $1,000 in a single day to fuel his growing addiction to crack -- according to sources familiar with the situation.
TMZ broke the story Lamar was hooked on crack -- but now we've learned just how bad it got in the last few months.
We're told Lamar's habit picked up speed when he moved out of his home with Khloe Kardashian, and into Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel with a friend in late May ... after the NBA season ended.
We're told the hotel room was used like a flop house ... where Lamar was surrounded by his pal and 7 or 8 other drug abusers -- strangers -- who came in and out of the room throughout the day and night ... for several months straight.
According to sources, Odom was dropping -- on average -- $800 per day, but sometimes more, for multiple drugs, including crack.
By the way, if $800 worth of crack sounds like a huge amount of drugs for one person ... it is. But we're told Lamar sometimes shared his huge score. Plus, drug dealers often charge rich customers premium prices.
As we first told you, Khloe kept Lamar's drug addiction secret for at least 2 years -- but after this summer she decided enough was enough ... telling him if he didn't get treatment, she would pull the plug on their marriage.
NOT IN REHAB
9/5/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom has NOT checked himself in to rehab ... sources connected to the NBAer tell TMZ.
There are reports out that Lamar checked himself in ... we've been making calls for the last day and just got what we're told is the definitive word ... he's not there.
Lamar has gone off the radar with the Kardashian family for the last few days. Khloe -- who has made it clear she will end the marriage if he doesn't get help -- has heard nothing from him.
In the Dark About Lamar Odom's Rehab
9/5/2013 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian is totally unaware her estranged husband Lamar Odom entered a rehab facility -- despite the fact she lead the charge for him to get help in the first place ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the couple tell us Khloe never got so much as a heads-up about Lamar's plans, and was completely blindsided by the report he's checked in for treatment.
We're told one big reason for that is Khloe and Lamar have not been talking at all since she issued an ultimatum last weekend -- get help or our marriage is over -- intending to force his hand on the issue of rehab.
As we previously reported ... Lamar started a treatment program last summer in San Diego, but bailed after only 3 weeks.
One source says although Khloe's been kept outside the loop this time -- she does hope wherever Lamar is ... he's actually getting professional help.
Checks Into Rehab ...
According to Report
9/5/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom has finally checked in to rehab to deal with his raging drug addiction ... this according to a new report.
People.com says Lamar has checked into a rehab facility ... but does not specify when or where he started treatment.
Lamar was seen out in public over the weekend ... so the move to rehab had to be very recent.
As TMZ first reported ... the 32-year-old NBA star has been struggling with drug addiction for years, and most recently he's gotten hooked on crack. Lamar was arrested for DUI last Friday.
We already told you ... Khloe Kardashian issued an ultimatum to her husband over the weekend -- enter rehab or their marriage is over.
The REASON Robert Shapiro Took the Case
9/3/2013 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Jenner quarterbacked the move to get attorney Robert Shapiro involved in representing Lamar Odom in his DUI case for one big reason ... and it's not about the criminal case.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Kris went to Shapiro because of his personal experience with drug addiction.
Shapiro's 24-year-old son Brent died of a drug overdose in 2005 -- and Shapiro has been involved with drug addiction foundations and charities ever since.
We're told Kris wants Shapiro to not just represent him in the DUI case -- which frankly is a case that will almost certainly end in probation and license suspension -- but she wants him to become a voice, urging Lamar to seek help.
As we previously reported, Khloe and the rest of the Kardashian clan have been unsuccessful in persuading Lamar to go to rehab.
We're told ... although Kris has asked Shapiro to represent Lamar -- and Shapiro has agreed -- Robert told her he would not take the case unless Lamar is open to treatment.
Responds to Khloe's Ultimatum with
9/3/2013 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian's ultimatum to Lamar Odom -- get into rehab or get out of our home -- hasn't exactly forced him to take action ... in fact, Lamar's gone completely off the grid with his wife ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Khloe dropped the tough love on Lamar over the weekend. In the wake of his DUI arrest on Friday, sources tell us she made it clear to Lamar ... he needed to get help, or else the marriage is over.
But we're told since they spoke for 4 hours on Saturday ... Khloe's heard absolutely nothing from Lamar.
As one source put it ... right now Khloe is "totally in the dark" about Lamar's comings and goings -- and the prospects of saving their marriage are getting dimmer everyday.
But Khloe is refusing to let the drama with Lamar affect her social life ... and this weekend, she hit up a Labor Day BBQ fiesta at Katy Perry's house.
During the party, Khloe posed for sexy photos with her friends ... and later tweeted one of the shots to her Twitter page.
Just a few days before the party, Khloe tweeted (and later deleted) the words, "Smile and no one will notice” ... and after this weekend, it seems she's following her own advice.
Repped By Robert Shapiro
If He's Good Enough for OJ
9/2/2013 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom needs some legal firepower after his DUI arrest, and its OJ Simpson's lawyer Robert Shapiro to the rescue ... TMZ has learned.
Lamar has hired Shapiro in what promises to be a sticky situation. TMZ broke the story ... Lamar was popped early Friday AM on the 101 Freeway ... and cops believe he was under the influence of both drugs and booze.
Shapiro is known for plea bargaining. These cases are pretty standard -- he'll probably plead no contest to one count of DUI and get probation. He'll also be required to attend an alcohol ed class. And, since he refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, he'll automatically get his driver's license yanked for 1 year. No getting around that.
This has Kris Jenner's paw prints all over it. She's used Shapiro for other legal messes in the past -- most recently Robert Kardashian Jr.'s criminal battery and theft case.
Ironically, Kris' ex-hubby, the late Robert Kardashian, repped OJ Simpson along with Shapiro. Kris was best friends with Nicole Brown Simpson and felt OJ was guilty as sin.