Kobe Bryant spoke out about Lamar Odom's health on Tuesday, and opened up about the impact his friend's hospitalization has had on him.
Addressing reporters during practice, the 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star said, "It's amazing to see him doing so well. It truly is remarkable."
Bryant was one of the first of Odom's friends to come see him, reportedly leaving a Lakers preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas during the third quarter to rush to his side at the nearby Sunrise Hospital hours after news of his condition broke.
Odom, who played alongside Bryant on the Lakers from 2004 to 2011, was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada. The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star was rushed to Sunrise Hospital, where he received treatment until he was airlifted to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles a week after being admitted.
Bryant appeared to get emotional while speaking with reporters, as he shared his thoughts on how Odom's situation "puts things in perspective" in regard to his own life and career.
"This is what we do, not who we are. Sometimes basketball can get in the way of life and in the way of living," he said, adding that his friend's medical emergency is more important to him than the sport.
"He's a brother above everything else," Bryant said. "It's important to see him get back on his feet."
While it appears that Odom has been making progress, including breathing on his own and being able to sit up in his hospital bed, there are still a number of obstacles in his path to recovery.