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Ryan Pearson credits his entire basketball career to Lamar Odom

George Mason Basketball: Ryan Pearson credits his entire basketball career to Lamar Odom

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Ryan Pearson credits his entire basketball career to Lamar Odom

It's not often TMZ and George Mason basketball come together for a story but today that's the case. Former Patriot Ryan Pearson, who now currently plays in the Ukraine, says Lamar Odom "rescued him from the streets". Pearson apparently owes his entire career to Odom whom he met when he was 11 years old at a basketball event:
Pearson says Lamar saw potential in him ... and knew he needed help ... so L.O. put him on a "life scholarship" and paid for Ryan to play on a traveling team, so he could develop his game and become visible to college programs.

Leslie (Pearson's mother) says Lamar "paid for everything ... including team travel, team registration fees, buses, and meals. He also funded entire basketball tournaments around New York."

Leslie believes at least some of the funding came from Odom's Cathy's Kids charity.
I had heard Lamar Odom mentioned as Pearson's godfather but never really knew what the connection was between them. What the TMZ article doesn't tell you is that also at age 11 Pearson was in hit by a car and was badly injured. There was damage to a growth plate that cause his right leg to grow at a lower rate than his left. His right leg is about an inch shorter and it's the reason Pearson always looked like he was limping on the court. Doctors didn't know if he'd ever walk again normally.

Obviously Odom's generous "life scholarship" to Pearson helped him overcome the challenges after the serious injury. The medical bills had to pile up and that is probably where Odom's charity to Pearson and his family began. Odom's name was most likely not mentioned previously because his charity was accused of being a "shady operation" by some. I do still find it weird however that Odom never came to a George Mason game during Pearson's four years in Fairfax. During that time the Patriots even hosted his alma mater, Rhode Island.

[via TMZ]


Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

I mean Odom would be pretty busy playing in the NBA. Unless Mason had a game when he in town to play the Wizards, it wouldn't really be feasible.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous David Jonathan said...

Is this legal?

3:58 PM  

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