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Lamar Odom has been flown to Los Angeles to continue treatment

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Lamar Odom still has a long way to go — he is on dialysis because of kidney issues, and he can’t walk on his own — but he was stable enough to get out of the Las Vegas hospital where he has been recovering and be flown to Los Angeles to continue treatment.

Multiple news sources confirm the move, by helicopter, here is the update from E! Online.

E! News has exclusively learned that the former NBA star has been discharged from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he has been receiving medical treatment after being found unconscious on Tuesday, and is heading to California. We’re also told that Lamar was accompanied by Khloé Kardashian in the helicopter ride to Los Angeles. As we reported earlier today, Odom’s transfer to L.A. was pending his condition remaining stable.

This is all good news for Odom, who was taken to the Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel after a multiple-day binge of drugs, drinking, herbal supplements, and… well, he was in a brothel, what do you think was going on? He was barely clinging to life but has made a recovery to the point he is now breathing on his own, speaking, showing improvement with his heart, and even getting some physical therapy.

The former NBA All-Star now has months (and likely years) of work ahead, and we will see how much of a normal life he can regain. There probably will be some level of brain damage from his stroke, plus other physical maladies that will linger and limit him. The question that remains is how much?

But he seems to have physically survived it all.

 

PBT Extra bold predictions: Pacers top four seed? Nah.

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Indiana is one of the hardest teams to read coming into this season.

They get Paul George back for a full season, but how close is he to the player we saw before his injury? And he’s playing the four now as the Pacers change style and go small and to a more offensive-based system. How will George and his teammates adapt?

The playoffs are not out of the question, but unlike the bold prediction in this PBT Extra, they are not going to have home court in the first round. Paul George will not be an MVP candidate. Pacers fans shouldn’t get greedy.

Lakers’ Ryan Kelly throws down game-winning dunk over Noah Vonleh

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Ryan Kelly? Ryan Kelly!

The Lakers’ preseason game was tied with 102-102 with 4.8 seconds left, Jabari Brown inbounded to Kelly then cut past him for what looked like it would be a handoff, and both defenders with to Brown. Kelly was expecting that.

But that finish over Noah Vonleh? Didn’t know Kelly had that in him.

Hornets’ P.J. Hairston nails half-courter at buzzer (VIDEO)

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It’s not the best video you’ll see tonight, but I’m not running the new Star Wars trailer.

Instead, here is the Hornets’ P.J. Hairston pulling up near half court and nailing he shot just as the third quarter buzzer expired. Charlotte went on to beat Chicago 94-86.

The interesting part for Hairston is that Jeremy Lamb sprained his ankle in this game. Lamb and Hairston were in consideration for a starting spot with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for the season, but if Lamb is injured it almost certainly means Hairston would start opening night.

Blatt: LeBron James “absolutely” will play in season opener

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Next Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers will tip-off the NBA season against the Chicago Bulls. It’s a marquee opening night matchup that will be missing some names that would normally get top billing — Kyrie Irving is out for sure (knee), and Derrick Rose‘s status is uncertain (orbital bone fracture).

But the biggest name will play — LeBron James.

That according to Cavaliers coach David Blatt, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

“I would say he will absolutely be ready for the season opener,” Blatt said of Cleveland’s game in Chicago on Oct. 27. “Absolutely.”

James has played in only two of the Cavaliers seven preseason games, is shut down until the season starts, and reportedly had an anti-inflammatory shot in his back that was part of what sidelined him for a couple of weeks last season.

This shouldn’t be a shock, did anyone think he would miss opening night? He wants to set a tone. LeBron is on a mission this year — the staff here at PBT has him as the man to beat for the MVP — and while he’s going to get some rest here and there during the season he is going to push himself and this team. He knows how short these championship windows can be, and he looks at last season as a lost opportunity. He knows he’ll get only so many more of those.