Lamar Odom regains consciousness and is communicating, family and friends say

LAS VEGAS (WABC) -- Former NBA star and Queens native Lamar Odom is showing signs of recovering, after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

Loved ones say the former athlete has come out of his come and is communicating.

He was even able to speak and give a thumbs up.

A representative for his family says he also said hello to his estranged wife and fellow reality TV celebrity, Khloe Kardashian.

It's the first significant update on Odom's health since he was found unconscious and facedown at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Tuesday afternoo