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Lamar Odom's former NBA team has him in their thoughts.
The Los Angeles Lakers has released a brief statement in response to the news of Odom being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. A spokesperson tells E! News, "We are of aware of the media reports but don't have any additional information at this time."
Meanwhile, OC Register sports reporter Bill Oram tweeted, "Reports of Odom's hospitalization have reached the Lakers locker room, with staffers trying to find out to which hospital he's being taken...Lakers spokesman John Black says team obviously aware of Odom reports and monitoring situation 'as best we can and, yes, concerned.'"
He added, "Kings' F Caron Butler, a teammate w/ Odom in MIA/LAL, shared a hug with a Lakers staffer and said, 'Prayers up' before Kings took the court."
The basketball star checked into Dennis Hof's Love Ranch South on Saturday in the town of Crystal near Pahrump, and was found unconscious in his room by a member of the staff Tuesday afternoon after days of partying.
We've learned that staff immediately called 911 and followed the emergency operator's instructions to put Odom on his side when he began spitting up liquid. We're told Odom was taking herbal Viagra during his stay at the ranch, and no illicit drugs were in the room.
The Nye County Sheriff's Department released a statement explaining that Odom "was stabilized and transported to Desert View Hospital arriving at 4:16 p.m." but, despite previous reports, the athlete was not airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital "due to his stature."
Odom played as a forward for the Lakers from 2004-2011, where he won two NBA championships and was awarded NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. After the Lakers, Lamar went to Dallas to play for the Mavericks for a year, and then back to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers for a year.
In 2014, he departed from the NBA and played professional basketball in Spain for Laboral Kutxa.