LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Former NBA star Lamar Odom is returning to the hardwood.
In an Instagram post Thursday, the 38-year-old wrote that he will be playing professional basketball in China.
“My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I’m returning to play Basketball,” Odom wrote. “I will be playing in China! God is good!”
Odom did not elaborate on where he will be playing or what his contract looks like.
He last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season, when he appeared for the Los Angeles Clippers. He signed a contract with the New York Knicks in 2014, but was cut by the team before appearing in a game.
Odom had two NBA titles with the L.A. Lakers in 2010 and 2011. He won the NBA’s sixth man award during that second championship run.
In his post, Odom thanks former NBA star Stephon Marbury, for “being my inspiration.”
After leaving the NBA, Marbury had a long and successful career in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Odom has struggled with drug addiction for years. In 2015, he was found unconscious with cocaine in his system in a Nevada brothel. He was unconscious on life support in a Las Vegas hospital before making an incredible recovery.
He blamed cocaine for helping end his NBA career. Last year, he told US Weekly that “drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape.”
He divorced reality TV star Khloe Kardashian in 2016. The two had been married for four years when Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013. She temporarily rescinded the filing after his cocaine overdose, but later re-filed it.
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I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day from The Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I'm returning to play Basketball. I will be playing in China ! God is good ! Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years. Never give up on yourself and keep believing that only god can create the miracles you're hoping for. Basketball and my children have always been the light in my life and this is where my focus is right now. Thank you @mr2rchiang and @iamzoul @georgeboss77 for believing in me and the opportunity to start over again! Thank you @starburymarbury for being my inspiration 🙏🏿🏆❤️ LETS GOO ! #china #basketball #yes
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