Lamar Odom Attends First L.A. Lakers Game Since Hospitalization: Pics

Odom returns to the Staples Center for an L.A. Lakers game. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Looking great and smiling! Lamar Odom was back courtside at an L.A. Lakers game on Wednesday, March 30, returning to Staples Center to watch pal Kobe Bryant and the rest of the team play the Miami Heat.

The former NBA forward smiled and greeted pals as he arrived at the venue, having been reportedly invited to attend by Bryant (who, as Us Weekly previously reported, left a Lakers game partway through back in October as news of Odom's hospitalization broke).

The former Lakers star, who is still recovering after being found unconscious at Nevada's Love Ranch brothel at the end of last year, was given only days to live at the start of his month-long hospital stay.

And fans and sporting professionals were psyched to see the former basketball pro back on his feet and looking well on Wednesday night.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott told reporters, "Looks like he's doing fantastic. He's part of the family.” And the Lakers crowd went wild as his face appeared on the JumboTron.

"Lamar was friendly and seemed healthy," an eyewitness tells Us. "Lots of people came up to greet him. He seemed happy to be there, he was smiling most of the time."

Odom's public outing comes amid recent reports that the lucky-to-be-alive sportsman has started drinking again.

TMZ posted a photograph on Tuesday, March 29, of the 36-year-old former athlete at Johnny O'Brien pub in L.A.'s Sherman Oaks neighborhood. The snapshot was allegedly taken on Saturday, the day before he celebrated Easter with estranged wife Khloé Kardashian and the rest of her reality TV family.

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