When the initial reports emerged of Lamar Odom being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel, it appeared to be a dire situation.

Odom was on life support, unable to breathe on his own, and Kobe Bryant left a Lakers preseason game to come visit him, while his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian immediately flew to Vegas to be by Odom's side.

But there's now good news to report where Odom's recovery is concerned. His condition has been improving over the past few days, and the latest reports, including one from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, say that Odom was successfully transferred to a hospital in Los Angeles via helicopter on Monday night.

They left Las Vegas around 5 p.m. PT, and he was in a private room in a L.A. hospital later that night, according to sources.

The helicopter for Monday night's move was large enough to transport the 6-foot-10 Odom, who had to be transported to Las Vegas by ambulance last week because he was too tall for the helicopter from a regional hospital in Pahrump, Nevada, near the brothel where he was found unresponsive.

Odom's family and friends said earlier Monday that his condition was improving. He has been hospitalized since Tuesday, when he was found at Nevada's Love Ranch brothel, 90 minutes northwest of Las Vegas. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support.

Odom has been breathing on his own, without a tube, since Friday, according to sources. He also has been conversing with family and friends.

Odom has had a lot of tragedy in his life, but literally everyone who has come in contact with him has positive things to say about what a truly great person he is. Hopefully the recovery continues, and maybe this latest outpouring of support will help him get things going in a positive direction.

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