Feb 21, 2014 10:45 AM
Lamar Odom is still convinced that he could have a future with estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, even though she filed for divorce last December.
During a press conference today in Spain with his new basketball team, Laboral Kutxa, Odom opened up about his personal life and the public's perception of him over the last year.
"I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what," Odom said. "Who knows? We don't know exactly if [the divorce is going through]. Only time will tell. I hope not. But even if we were divorced, she would always be my wife." On being married to Khloe from 2009 to 2013, the former NBA star added, "Those were some of the best years of my life. Being married and being married to a woman I decided to marry was, besides having children, the most important thing in my life."
So what about his troubles over the last year, which included allegations of cheating and drug use? "We all have regrets, but the thing is to learn from life," he said. "There's no one in this room, no one in this world who can say, 'I'm mistake-free, I have made no mistakes.' If you can introduce me to that person, please introduce me to that person. Let me meet him and speak to him."
"I won a sixth Man of the Year award while I shot [our reality] show -- people forget that," he continued. "I think it's easy for people to say, 'Because you do this, you must be this kind of person, vain or uptight or meant to people.' People have a sense of who you may be because of the job you do. That's unfair judgement. I think we prejudge a little bit too much these days because there's so much access to everything about the world. It's easy for us to look at a YouTube video or a program that doesn't turn off and say, 'This guy must be this way.' I understand how powerful TV is, but there's nothing I would do different."
So how does he feel about going overseas to play ball? "This is the love of the game for Lamar," he said. "I've got a winner mentality, the mentality of a champion."