It was hardly six months ago that Lamar Odom was in a coma after a three-day drug binge at a brothel in Nevada.
The former NBA star has come a long way since, looking healthy while making an appearance at at Easter service on Sunday with Khloé Kardashian and her family….
Which is why it seemed so disconcerting that Lamar was spotted drinking at the Johnny O'Brien pub in Sherman Oaks, CA the night before.
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As we previously reported, the 36-year-old showed up at midnight with three friends.
Well, according to E! News, he ordered three mixed drinks for his pals, and a cognac for himself. And the owner shared:
"He was in a good mood, smiling and laughing with his friends, but they stayed for just an hour and left around 1 a.m."
Odom is still recovering from his near-fatal accident though.
A source spilled:
"Every time we would think he had hit a milestone, he would revert back again. It was a heartbreaking process. We didn't know if he would be left with permanent brain damage or whether he'd be able to walk again. Let alone be able to string a sentence together. It's incredible how far he's come… It's been an extremely long process, but he's getting there."
And his estranged wife has been by his side the entire time.
It's recently been reported that Koko is urging her former husband to attend rehab or an outpatient program for his addiction. Except another insider revealed that actually:
"Lamar has no issues with drinking. He was not drunk or out of control after his bar visit. He is well aware of what he is doing and he is not going to f*ck it up. Khloé supports him and is still taking care of him. She is really pleased with how well he is recovering."
A different source also added that the 31-year-old reality TV starlet knew Lam was going to a bar with his friends, but she "obviously" wasn't happy about his decision.
"He wasn't trying to hide it from her. Khloé is really trying to help Lamar get his life back but doesn't want to make him feel like she's controlling him or make him feel suffocated. She continues to support him through the recovery process and, since he does have a history with addiction, she is worried but isn't going to intervene unless it turns into a problem."
That could explain her cryptic tweet about feeling "helpless."
It's such a tough situation for her and Odom.
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But an insider insisted:
"He is not spiraling out of control. His trip to the bar was literally his way of trying to gain some semblance of a normal life. He wants to try and get out there a little more and get back to a regular schedule. Because he may look strong, but his life is in no way back to normal yet… Lamar's life now means he spends almost all his time in his house. He will go over to Khloé's and have dinner with her, but it's not simple to just go out to a restaurant or a shop. He does have security with him, but moving around isn't as easy as before.He has some good days and bad days. It's a process."
As for the alcohol at the bar? The same source added:
"As far as I am aware he has not been drinking. He was at the bar with his security guard, who Khloé knows very well. He was not hanging at a club or partying. He was trying to blend in with the crowd. His friends are not worrying about him. Everyone knows Lamar is determined to get back to where he was and he will do whatever it takes to get there."
We really hope so!
The basketball star's recovery is the most important thing right now, with a source even explaining:
"He is still hanging out with Khloé all the time. They are still extremely close. I have no idea if they will ever officially get back together, but they are both working toward the same goal—and that's for Lamar to be healthy and make a full recovery."
Reportedly, Lamar is still working with a physical therapist for improved ability, and also is focusing on "maintaining a proper diet". His "attitude is also more positive and brighter towards life," a source shared.
He at least seemed to be in good spirits on Easter!
But while he still has a ways to go, another insider confessed:
"It's incredible. It's as if the accident never happened. He almost died and came back the same person. We are all so happy and grateful. Eventually Lamar hopes he might even be able to play basketball again. That's what he is working towards. And no one has more determination than Lamar. His recovery is a testament to his incredible spirit and drive."
We can only hope he stays on the path to recovery, and hopefully with the support of friends and family.
Wishing him all the best.
[Image via WENN.]
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