Lamar Odom: Upbeat, Looking Healthy, Acting Normal?

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For a man allegedly in the throes of hardcore drug addiction, Lamar Odom is at least putting on a good front, according to people who have recently seen him.

Khloe Kardashian's estranged husband was spotted having miso soup and hot tea with an unknown man at Japanese restaurant Octopus in L.A.

Clad in a T-shirt and shorts and wearing sunglasses and his wedding ring, Odom seemed in good spirits, always "smiling" and "very nice and polite."

Lamar cordially held the door for a guest on his way out of the Roosevelt Lofts, which is next to Octopus, and "seemed upbeat" the source reports.

"He was in a good mood and did not seem down at all. In fact, he even stopped to sign a fan's autograph. He was his normal self, nice and polite."

This is a man who was supposedly cut off by his crack dealer.

And who used to get high with "crack head" mistress Polina Polonsky.

And who got arrested for DUI and had his license yanked a week ago.

And who refused interventions three separate times, left rehab after one day last week because he couldn't handle it, then kept his wife in the dark.

Whatever's going on with Lamar, he's never had a bad word to say about anyone, and vice versa. People close to him just want to see him get help.

"He had a big heart, and really wanted to help people. Just seeing how he loved to help people," former NBA teammate Josh Powell told E! News.

"He was just such a great energy to be around. When you come across people like that, you kind of carry that with you as you mature and grow."

L.A. Lakers guard Jordan Farmar also reached out via social media, posting a Throwback Thursday pic of him and Odom captioned, "My big homie LO!"

"One of the most incredible human beings you'll ever meet! Nobody is immune to tough times. I love you dog and am always here if you need me! #tbt #family."

Long story short, everyone loves Lamar. Except maybe Lamar.

Even Khloe Kardashian kicking him out of the house (twice) was her ultimatum for him to get clean and save himself from a potentially perilous spiral.

A court hearing in his DUI case is scheduled for September 27.

What will happen between now and then is anyone's guess.

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