Lamar Odom's Health reportedly Improving

A spokeswoman for Lamar Odom's aunt says the NBA star woke up and spoke three days after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Odom's maternal aunt and godmother, said that Odom spoke a greeting and gave a thumbs-up Friday morning, his first communication since being hospitalized.

Former Rhode Island basketball coach Jim Harrick says NBA star Lamar Odom is in "much improved" condition at a Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious earlier this week at a Nevada brothel.

Harrick told The Associated Press by phone from his Los Angeles home on Friday that he has been in contact with Odom's estranged wife Khloe Kardashian who told him that Odom is off dialysis and his "kidneys are all right."

Harrick says he plans to visit Odom at the hospital next week. He says Kardashian has been discouraging too many visitors because "it's like a circus."

Odom has been unconscious at a Las Vegas hospital since being found Tuesday at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada.