Dear Lamar,
Just wanted to let you know that, despite those out there who snicker at your frailties and misfortunes, there are many in your corner who want you to thrive in what should be your biggest comeback ever. As you’re well aware, we’re talking about the game of life, bro, because basketball and your accomplishments in the game are beyond inconsequential right now.

We know that substance abuse is an equal opportunity destroyer, and that doctors, lawyers, professors and anyone else, including current or former elite athletes, are not immune from its devastating effects. Those of us who’ve been affected in some way, shape or form, whether through friends, family or personal experience, know the insidious nature of the disease you’re afflicted with and the battle that you’re up against.

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