Lamar Odom health update
Lamar Odom reportedly has been able to walk without a walker. Above, Odom appears at a Los Angeles Clippers game in Los Angeles Dec. 25, 2012. Getty Images

Former NBA player Lamar Odom apparently is well on his way to recovery. A report on his condition indicated Odom was able to walk without assistance this week for the first time since his health crisis began in October.

TMZ reported the athlete was able to take a few steps without using a walker. This development is great news for Odom and his family, and doctors reportedly were stunned by his latest progress.

The celebrity-news outlet reported the 36-year-old is still having trouble with the range of motion of his hands, but, during a recent visit by estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, he was able to lift an arm above his head and put on his hood. TMZ also said Odom's brain function is getting better and his memory is improving.

It was reported last week the former player for four NBA teams was forgetting his family members' names, as well as his own, but sources told TMZ Odom can now remember a hospital staff member's name.

Odom was expected to be transferred soon to a rehabilitation facility from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Us Weekly reported the former basketball star will be spending the Christmas holiday with his two children, Lamar Odom Jr. and Destiny Odom. A source told the magazine the teens will fly to Los Angeles this week for the visit. "He has fought to get better mostly for them," the source said.

Odom has been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai since mid-October. He was found unconscious inside a brothel in Nevada. Initially, Odom's prognosis didn't look good, but he is said to be improving steadily.

Last month, Kardashian told NBC's "Today" show doctors believe he could be "mentally fully recovered" within two years.