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It’s been a little over a year since former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious inside a Nevada brothel and now, the athlete is speaking out for the first time about what happened the night he almost lost his life.

In what is the star’s first sit-down interview since the October 2015 near-death experience, Odom gets candid with The Doctors’ Travis Stork about his public and traumatic hospitalization.

In a near five-minute clip released on Friday, a healthy looking Lamar explains, “Being at that brothel and thinking I was going to just rest a little bit.”

The 37-year-old goes on to suggest he wasn’t aware of how serious his condition was until his now ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, explained it all. “I didn’t know until Khloe had told me that I was in a coma,” he said. “I couldn’t even speak at the time. I couldn’t talk. Nothing would come out when I would open my mouth, so I was scared.”

Odom, who just last week entered a rehab facility in San Diego, reveals to Dr. Stork that his personal life took a turn for the worse, which is what ultimately led to the eye-opening occurrence.

“I wasn’t in a good place mentally, especially mentally before that incident happened,” he says. “Me and my wife at the time were going through some things. I was in a dark place. They say everything happens for a reason, so I guess the reason is I’m here and I can tell the story.”

Lamar spent nearly three months at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles before eventually being moved to a specialized rehabilitation clinic in LA. The athlete suffered severe brain damage, but despite the long road to recovery, Odom made it through.

The New York native’s interview with Stork was filmed just days before entering his new treatment center and weeks after his divorce to Khloe was finalized.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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