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Lamar is the best, not Khloe’s husband

FILE - In this April 30, 2012, file photo, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall in New York. Kardashian and Odom filed a petition to dismiss their divorce, but the reality TV star says that doesn't mean the pair is reconciling after Odom was found unconscious in a brothel. Odom was hospitalized in Las Vegas and transferred to Los Angeles, where his family said Oct. 22, 2015, that he was undergoing therapy and showing improvement. A clerk granted a request to dismiss their divorce filing from December 2013 in such a way that the divorce papers can be refiled at a later date. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
FILE – In this April 30, 2012, file photo, Khloe Kardashian Odom and NBA basketball star Lamar Odom attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)  Editorial Note: The Spartan Echo changed the Associated Press caption above which referenced Lamar Odom as a star of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” television show, not as an NBA great.  Kind of proves the point of our article, doesn’t it?

An editorial by Danee’ Allred

“We’re all products of our environment. The key is not to fall,” Lamar Odom said.

Amid the attention and fame that went along with his life in the Kardashian family, it’s easy to overlook what was a successful basketball career for Lamar Odom.

As a player of the L.A. Lakers in the NBA, he won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. Lamar Odom was named the NBA’s sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

To help balance out his career in a supportive way, he married celebrity Khloe Kardashian in 2009. He has made several appearances on her family’s reality television show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Those appearances have misled some about Lamar Odom’s career and fame.

A lot of media does not acknowledge Lamar Odom for his basketball name, but for the woman he married.

Recently, Lamar Odom was hospitalized due to an overdose on drugs. What made headlines was “Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband Lamar Odom found unconscious,” not “Former NBA great Lamar Odom found unconscious.” Before their marriage, Lamar Odom had a name for himself. Nowadays we would not know that because media has brainwashed us into thinking Lamar Odom is famous because of the Kardashians.

If anything, Lamar Odom has brought more fame into the Kardashian household than it deserves. Even though it’s a game, basketball is more important than a spoiled, rich family’s life drama.

Media fails to recognize Lamar Odom’s history in basketball. They overlook all of his accomplishments, but focus on the bad that he does or, even more, flaunts that the Kardashians have made him relevant.

That’s wrong. He’s so much more than just Khloe’s husband.