Lamar Odom says he's absolutely NOT a drug addict ... doesn't need professional help ... and is confident he'll play in the NBA next season.
He's wrong on all 3 counts.
33-year-old Odom went to Teru Sushi in Studio City last night ... and after taking some photos with fans, he finally addressed the media about drug issues in his life ... claiming everything is hunky-dory.
Problem is ... Odom is clearly in denial. As we've previously reported, just about everyone in his life -- personally and professionally -- knows about his battle with substance abuse, including his wife Khloe Kardashian.
In the last year alone, Lamar's been thrown out of hotels ... busted for DUI ... spent time in rehab ... and dropped from multiple NBA teams.
it's all a Kardashian smear campaign. I knew Lamar wasn't doing crack
Her family is the worst ever but the dude has a problem. It wasn't just reported by her family but it was also reported by his friends. It also makes perfect sense when you factor in his precipitous drop off in production back in Dallas. This stuff is all related and the dude has a problem. He got pulled over for a DUI and refused the tests. In addition he went to rehab and left. As awful as the Kardashians are, that is real shit and this dude is in trouble. No team will sign him and that has nothing to do with his dumb wife. It has to do with his drug problem.
Other than "sources" there's zero real evidence he has any drug problem at all. Is odd he never made a statement earlier though but tmz acting like he's in denial when ita not like there's videos of him or people actually coming public about anything with their real identity rather than as sources