Former NBA star Odom moves hospital after brothel binge: report

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Los Angeles (AFP) - Former NBA player Lamar Odom was released from a Las Vegas hospital after showing signs of improvement following his drug-fuelled binge in a Nevada brothel, a report said.

E! Online entertainment news website said Odom, who was left fighting for his life after collapsing at the Love Ranch brothel last week, was being moved to a medical facility nearer his Los Angeles home.

The decision came after doctors judged Odom, 35, was stable enough to be moved after regaining consciousness last week and continuing to recover through the weekend.

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The report said the two-time NBA champion remained on dialysis because of a kidney problem but had passed a swallowing test and could breathe independently. E! said Odom was communicating using hand signals.

Earlier Monday, a family statement said Odom was improving steadily.

"Each day Lamar is getting stronger and reaching significant milestones in his recovery," the statement from Odom's aunt JaNean Mercer said.

"We are committed to remaining by his side as a family for our champion, who we love immensely."

There has been an outpouring of support from Odom's former NBA teammates and his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has been at his side.

Odom won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and married Kardashian in 2009 in a splashy televised wedding.

His connection to the celebrity Kardashian clan widened his fame, and while she filed for divorce in 2013, the split has reportedly never been finalized.

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