Lamar Odom, the former Clippers and Lakers player who was also married to a Kardashian sister, is in a Las Vegas hospital and said to be on a breathing machine. He was found "unresponsive" this afternoon at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, according to the sheriff of Nye County. That is the area around Pahrump, Nevada. Odom was stabilized and driven to a local hospital where it was decided to airlift him to Las Vegas, but the sheriff says that Odom, who was listed at 6-10 when he played in the NBA, was too large for the helicopter and instead was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, about 60 miles away.
Dennis Hof, the owner of the Love Ranch and the nearby Bunny Ranch, told reporters that Odom was staying in his home at the ranch and had been consuming an herbal substitute for Viagra. The two women who found Odom described mucus, foam and blood coming from his mouth and nose when they turned him over.
TMZ reports that Odom's ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, and other family members are at his side. The site says that Odom was intubated in the ambulance and is "fighting for his life."
Odom won two championship rings with the Lakers and was honored in 2011 as that season's sixth man of the year in the NBA. He has been out of the league since 2013.
The Lakers played in a pre-season game in Las Vegas tonight. Kobe Bryant was seen arriving at the hospital by taxi, according to posters on Twitter.
Pretty much everyone in the NBA who crossed paths with Lamar Odom holds him in high esteem. A whole league prays for LO tonight— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 14, 2015