Former NBA star Lamar Odom has made steady progress. He is now able to breathe on his own and also told his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, “I love you,” Odom’s former coach, Jim Harrick, said.
Odom has improved his health while treating at the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He has also started physical therapy, multiple sources said. In the last three days, he has not experienced any difficulties breathing without the support of the ventilator.
The former basketball star was taken to the hospital last Tuesday after he was discovered unconscious at a brothel, Love Ranch, in Nevada. The owner of the brothel, Dennis Hof, said that Odom was in a “good frame of mind” when he arrived there. At the brothel, Hof added, Odom ate and slept. As reported by CNN, Hof said, “He picked a couple of girls, and he had the time of his life.”
Fatigue has been an issue with Odom, who has also received treatment for his lungs and kidneys. A 911 call released last Wednesday revealed that Odom had consumed cocaine and 10 doses of a sexual performance enhancer. While employees of Love Ranch claim that Odom had consumed cocaine on his first day there, Hof maintains that Odom took cocaine when he was partying that morning in Las Vegas before coming to the brothel. “I’m going to protect my business, and I’m not going to let the world say that Lamar was doing a lot of drugs in my place,” Hof said. He further added that his brothel has “zero tolerance” for illicit drugs. “Because it makes him look bad, and he wasn’t doing that.”
According to LA Daily News, left Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace appreciated the hospital visits made by Kobe Bryant and Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak. However, World Peace thinks that all the celebrity visits will take away the time Odom’s children, 17-year-old daughter Destiny and 13-year-old son Lamar Jr., need to spend with their father. “This is nothing against Khloe [Kardhasian],” World Peace said. “This is for the celebrities that are coming to see Lamar. They should know they’re taking time away from Lamar’s children.”
Harrick said that Odom needs to “get on the right path again.” Odom is the recipient of two NBA championships as a forward for the Lakers. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999, where he played for four seasons. Subsequently, he was signed up by the Miami Heat, where he played for one season before being traded to the Lakers. He became an integral part of the Lakers’ championship teams in 2009 and 2010. Odom also played for the Dallas Mavericks for a short period of time before coming to Clippers for one season. “He might be one of the most popular guys who ever played in the NBA,” Harrick said.