Kobe Bryant reportedly left a preseason game early to visit Lamar Odom in the hospital

Lamar Odom remains in critical condition in the hospital after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel Tuesday night.

Odom, a former NBA player for 14 seasons, played his best basketball with the Lakers, helping them win two championships in 2009 and 2010.

He is evidently still close with teammates from that era, as Kobe Bryant reportedly left a preseason game early to go see Odom.

In a Lakers preseason game against the Sacramento Kings being played in Las Vegas, Bryant had already left with a leg injury. When news of Odom’s hospitalisation broke, Bryant left the arena entirely to rush to the hospital (along with GM Mitch Kupchak).

Though Odom has had a troubling few years since leaving the Lakers, he’s reportedly held in high-regard by everyone who knows him:

Many former teammates have shared well-wishes for him:

In a profile on Kobe Bryant last season, Bryant told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard that he still talks to many of his former teammates, including Odom. Clearly, that bond is still tight for Bryant to leave a game early and hold up a flight so he can visit Odom.

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