Over the weekend, promising reports from Lamar Odom's hospital room indicated that the 36-year-old NBA star was walking for the first time since his near-fatal overdose back in October.
It was a welcome sign of encouragement after weeks of bad news, as sources previously stated that after miraculously emerging from his coma, Odom quickly stalled in his recovery.
Hospital insiders claimed that the overdose left Odom incontinent, immobile and unable to remember his own name, and his loved ones feared that he would need round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
The news that Lamar was moving about the hospital without assistance was taken as a sign that the former NBA star's rehabilitation was going as planned, and that Odom might one day be able to live on his own.
Now, however, Radar Online is reporting that Lamar's progress has been exaggerated reps for the Kardashian family may have played a role in the false reporting of his condition.
“Lamar has made great improvements after the overdose, but he is not walking and unfortunately there is no Christmas miracle for his condition,” says one insider. “He’s still in pretty bad shape.”
So why would the Kardashian family intentionally mislead Lamar's well-wishers?
Well, it may have something to do with the fact that Lamar is set to leave the hospital sometime in the next few weeks.
Khloe has stated that she will not allow Lamar to live her, and since he's estranged from the rest of his family, he may be forced to move into an assisted living facility.
Sources close to the family believe the Kardashians are concerned that Lamar's fans will be angry with Khloe for shutting him out, so they're preemptively sending the message that his condition isn't all that bad, and he'll be ship-shape in no time.
“People close to Lamar believe the Kardashians are completely spinning the story, trying to make it seem like Lamar is better so that when Khloe doesn’t spend as much time with him or let him live with her she won’t get any backlash,” says the source.
“It seems like they are all trying to get ahead of the backlash that is ultimately going to come when Lamar leaves the hospital.”
Say what you will about Kris Jenner - the world's most cunning momager is always thinking three moves ahead.