Lamar Odom, former NBA player and reality TV star, was taken to the hospital after he was found unconscious at Love Ranch South brothel in Pahrump, Nev. Odom was found unresponsive and transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Lamar Odom was making steady improvement and "doing good" Saturday. Odom was texting and "speaking sentences" from his hospital bed, the person told the Los Angeles Times.
Only a few days ago, Odom was treated by physicians and then taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. An attempt had been made to airlift him via helicopter, but Odom's stature prevented this from happening. Former Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul were among his visitors. All three arrived in Las Vegas late Wednesday night after the Clippers landed at LAX from a trip to China, where they played two exhibition games.
"He probably has no idea we were there, but just to be there and to see him -- hopefully he knows there's a lot of guys that love him and want to see him do better and want to see him get better," Griffin said before the Clippers' Saturday practice.
Franklin Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, took to Facebook to offer prayers for the embattled Odom and offer some advice to young men amid the heartbreaking situation.
"Listen up, young men. I'm a father and a grandfather, and I want to give you some advice. Former NBA star Lamar Odom was looking for something at a brothel in Nevada, something to ease the pain and void deep inside his heart. Instead, it has devastated his life," Graham wrote.
"The truth is-the only One that can heal the pain in a human heart is Jesus Christ. Drugs can't do it, sex can't do it, money can't do it, nothing or no one else can do it. I want you to know that God made you and He loves you," he continued. "He wants to give you life, peace, and hope-and the only way is through trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ. God's Word warns, "Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her (a prostitute's) ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng" (Proverbs 7:24-26)."
Graham concluded, "I am praying for #LamarOdom and his family."