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Kobe Bryant, Lakers show support for Lamar Odom

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The Lakers family is praying for one of their own.

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Ever since news broke that former Los Angeles Lakers power forward Lamar Odom had been found unresponsive and was subsequently hospitalized a dark cloud has been hanging over the team.  Kobe Bryant left the Lakers game against the Sacramento Kings early to go visit his friend, as did Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. Metta World Peace, who in addition to playing with Odom on the Lakers 2010 championship winning team has known him since the two were just children growing up in New York said after the Lakers loss "there's not one word right now that I could say that's going to make sense," a feeling most fans of the Lakers share.

Bryant has never been known as someone to be open emotionally to the public, but today he tweeted about Odom after leaving practice without speaking to the media circus awaiting him, one that included cameras and reporters from E! News:

It's hard to gauge exactly what Bryant is saying here, but his ailing teammate is obviously and understandably affecting him. Some things are more important than basketball, and one could not blame Kobe if most of his thoughts and energy were directed towards Lamar right now.

World Peace did speak to reporters after practice, and shared his support for Lamar and his family during this difficult time:

Lakers head coach Byron Scott also reiterated the organization's support for one of it's most beloved former players and was understanding of what Lamar's former teammates are going through

Last night Odom's former frontcourt mate, Pau Gasol, had this to say:

Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for more updates on this developing story.