Latest on Lamar Odom's Recovery After Being Found Unconscious in Brothel

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Los Angeles Clippers' Lamar Odom waits during a time-out during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, March 1, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Former NBA star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after being found unconscious at Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada, on Oct. 13, according to TMZ Sports. He has since been released from the hospital.

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Odom Appears in Public for 1st Time Since Hospitalization 

Thursday, Feb. 11

Odom joined Khloe Kardashian at Kanye West's Yeezy Fashion Show at Madison Square Garden, marking the "first official appearance" he has made in public since being hospitalized, per Esther Lee of US Weekly.


Kardashian Comments on Odom's Recovery

Monday, Jan. 18

"He's walking and talking, it's literally a miracle. He was in a coma, I was told he had four hours to live. Doctors are astounded but it's because of his athleticism and he's fighting for his life. I really pray that this is a wakeup call for him," Khloe Kardashian revealed to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, per Sophie Vokes-Dudgeon of Us Weekly.

"I had never imagined it would be at a brothel, I just knew I had to get to his side. His demons are overshadowing what a great heart he has, he could not be there alone, and I had to be that person," Kardashian added.


Odom Reportedly Will Avoid Charges

Monday, Jan. 11

TMZ reported Odom "will not be charged for cocaine possession in the Love Ranch near-fatal OD" and that his case will be formally rejected this week.

TMZ added: "Law enforcement sources say the Nye County D.A. has decided not to file any charges against Lamar. As we reported, it's extremely rare that prosecutors file drug possession charges when the person who consumed the drugs ends up in the hospital."


Odom Walks on His Own

Sunday, Dec. 20

TMZ reported Odom, "shocking" doctors, took three steps without his walker on Dec. 17. TMZ also noted he has "limited range of motion in his hands" and "his brain function is slowly improving."


Odom Reportedly Feared to Have Brain Damage

Saturday, Nov. 14

TMZ reported Odom "has made little progression in the last couple weeks" and does not recognize longtime friends and family. Doctors fear he has suffered significant brain damage, per the report.


Odom's Former Coach Comments on Recovery

Monday, Oct. 26

“Obviously there is a lot of attention about all this but the thing to remember is that there is a long road ahead to rehabilitation,” said Jim Harrick, Odom’s former coach at the University of Rhode Island, via Martin Rogers of USA Today. “This is serious stuff. It could be six months or more for rehab and all that. We don’t know what state his kidneys and lungs are going to be in.”


Odom Reportedly Suffered a Dozen Strokes

Saturday, Oct. 24

TMZ reported Odom suffered 12 strokes in the early stages of his medical emergency.

On Oct. 14, TMZ reported an MRI initially revealed he had multiple strokes as a result of the medical emergency.


Odom's Speech Improving

Thursday, Oct. 22

Odom's aunt's publicist released a statement revealing the forward's speech has improved via therapy, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):

"He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically," Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom's aunt JaNean Mercer, said in a statement. "His use of speech has increased and he's more cognitively responsive."

Alston called Odom's therapy regimen "aggressive," but she did not elaborate.


Odom Moved to Different Hospital

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Odom will be in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital "for a while" recovering. 

Turner also added that he's heard Odom is "more and more" aware, but it's "going to be [a] long road" to recovery.


Odom's Aunt Releases Statement

Monday, Oct. 19

"Lamar has always been blessed with a tenacious, fighting spirit, overcoming insurmountable obstacles to achieve the impossible. These few days have been no different," Mercer said in a statement, via Michael Rothman of ABC News.

"He is defying the odds in his toughest battle to date with God's grace. Each day Lamar is getting stronger and reaching significant milestones in his recovery. We are committed to remaining by his side as a family for our champion, who we love immensely."


Odom Showing Signs of Improvement

Monday, Oct. 19

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported that "Odom has shown enough steady improvement in recent days at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center that he has started physical therapy, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation." He continued:

Odom has not experienced any setbacks after breathing without the help of a ventilator in the past three days. He [is] showing marked improvement with his breathing, vision and the ability to have simple conversations, sources said.

Odom is slated to begin physical therapy that will show whether the 35-year-old former basketball player can walk, said sources familiar with Odom's progression. But it remains unclear how well he can navigate that challenge.

Odom has experienced frequent fatigue and has received constant treatment on his lungs and kidneys, sources said. Odom could also have serious brain damage, considering a 911 call released last Wednesday reported Odom took cocaine and 10 doses of a sexual-performance enhancer over three days.

ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne noted Saturday that Odom "continues to make progress" and is "way, way better." He was also "more conversational" Saturday, per Shelburne. Turner said Odom had even begun texting and speaking in sentences. 

On Oct. 16, Shelburne reported, "Odom is breathing on his own and no longer has a breathing tube." However, he is wearing a breathing mask and remains in critical condition.

Entertainment Tonight reported Odom responded "yes" when asked if he wanted to see his children Friday, though it did not specify whether the communication was verbal. Entertainment Tonight added that Odom said "good morning" and gave the doctors a thumbs-up.

Tests on Odom revealed his heart function was "much better" on Friday, and doctors said a critical organ responding is a good sign of improvement, TMZ reported.

On Oct. 15, Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reported Odom was on life support and confirmed he woke up and "showed some responsiveness with his body language."

While TMZ reported that hospital sources said he had a "50-50 chance of surviving," on Thursday it reported his condition has deteriorated and "doctors are now telling the family the longer he remains in the condition he's in the less likely it is that he will recover."


Sheriff Confirms Drug Usage

Wednesday, Oct. 14

A Pahrump sheriff confirmed Wednesday Odom had been using cocaine and "10-plus" tabs for sexual performance, according to Rogers.

TMZ reported Wednesday that Odom "had cocaine in his system and track marks on one of his arms," citing witnesses at the hospital:

The witnesses tell TMZ...doctors have determined the former NBA star had cocaine and opiates in his system—but it's still unclear if the track marks are fresh or from previous drug use.

We're told doctors have told people close to Lamar the fluid they found in his lungs was the result of crack cocaine use.

TMZ cited the establishment's manager, who said Odom was discovered with a "mucus-type liquid coming out of his nose and mouth."

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today passed along a statement Tuesday night from the Nye County Sheriff's Office regarding Odom:

The Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce corroborated the reports of Odom's being moved to a second hospital:

"Lamar Odom is a longtime member of the Excel [Sports Management] family, and we are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers," Jeff Schwartz, Odom's agent, said in a statement, per Zillgitt. "We are staying close to the situation but have no additional information or comment at this time."


Odom Visited by Family and Friends

Wednesday, Oct. 14

"Khloe [Kardashian] is by his side," Jesse Jackson said Wednesday, via Bill Oram of the Orange County Register. "He is unconscious, but doctors say he is recovering."

Medina reported the Lakers delayed their flight for two hours after the news broke Tuesday, with Kobe Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak among those who visited Odom in the hospital.

Medina reported Paul Pierce, former coach Phil Jackson and former teammate Trevor Ariza also visited Odom.

A 14-year NBA veteran who won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, Odom established himself as one of the more versatile players of his generation as he evolved into a point forward with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Lakers.

Odom took home the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award after the 2010-11 season, in which he averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists while hitting a career-high 53 percent of his shots for the Lakers.

The fourth pick in the 1999 draft hasn't appeared in an NBA game since the 2012-13 season, when he played in all 82 games with the Clippers following a turbulent 50-game stint with the Dallas Mavericks.

The New York Knicks brought Odom in for a look last summer, but they waived him before the start of the season after he "was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player," according to team president Phil Jackson, per CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

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