Lamar Odom's Childhood Coach and Mentor Offers Support: 'There's a Lot of People Rooting for Him'
"When something like this happens, true love comes out," Odom's high school basketball coach tells PEOPLE
“I just got word not too long ago that he’s up. He’s responsive. He asked to see his kids, and that he spoke with Khloé, so that’s a good sign,” Charles tells PEOPLE.
Charles says he last spoke to Odom in July, when the star told his former coach that he wanted to get his life back on track.
“When something like this happens, true love comes out. Once he gets out of this tough situation, he will have learned that there’s a whole lot of people rooting for him and letting him know they love him,” says Charles. “And I think that s going to help him.”
One of Odom’s former NBA colleagues is also celebrating the good news.
“It’s a blessing,” recently retired NBA player Shawn Marion tells PEOPLE. “I’m pretty sure a lot of people have been praying for him.”
On Friday afternoon, a source confirmed to PEOPLE, “Lamar is conscious and was able to say hi to Khloé.”
“But his condition remains guarded,” the source added.
• Reporting by MIKE MILLER and DARLA ATLAS