Lamar Odom made his emotional return to Los Angeles last night, going head-to-head with his former teammates, the LA Lakers. Wife Khloe and the extended Kardashian clan were front and center for the game at the Staples Center, just as they had been months earlier, to give the newly-minted Maverick a warm welcome back to LA.
Flanked by mom Kris and sisters Kendall and Kylie, Khloe cheered her man on to near victory (The Mavs lost the game, 73-70), telling Entertainment Tonight's Chris Jacobs that her recent relocation to Dallas has been an easy one, thanks to the "overwhelming" support of the Maverick franchise and their fans.
"I love the Lakers," said Khloe, reminiscing as she watched the teams prep from the sidelines. "It's the first home I've known as a basketball companion, but the Mavs have been so freaking nice. And the fans-- everyone's been so sweet."
It was a emotional homecoming for Khloe's mom Kris as well. The Kardashian "momager" confessed to ET that seeing her son-in-law on the court again nearly had her reaching for the tissues. "I don't even know at what point I'll burst into tears," she laughed. "I keep on expecting him to have on that yellow uniform."
Kris also shared in her daughter's contentment with the transition, thanking Dallas Mav's owner Mark Cuban in particular for how well the move has played out.
"Mark Cuban's been so great to him and the whole Maverick organization has been amazing."
Last week it was announced that Odom is eligible for the 2012 NBA All-Star Team (Western Conference). You can vote for Lamar on NBA.com
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