Sober living agrees with Lamar Odom. The 33-year-old basketball player spent four hours bonding with friends at Gavar Cuisine in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Wearing his wedding ring, a white tee and Nike sweatpants, Odom seemed to be in great spirits while dining at the Armenian restaurant.
"Lamar looked very happy and had a huge smile on his face," a source tells E! News exclusively, noting that the free agent "looked skinny but not unhealthy."
Odom and his pals dined outside the restaurant in a cabana-style room. Gavar Cuisine primarily features moderately priced lamb, chicken, seafood and beef dishes, as well as an array of salads, soups and appetizers. "The staff was extremely attentive to his party," the source says.
Before Khloé Kardashian Odom's husband left around 7:30 p.m., he "very graciously" thanked an older man presumed to be the restaurant's owner.
It's been a while since Odom has been out with friends. In the wake of his DUI arrest, the athlete and his wife have been living separately. The two have remained in contact, however, reuniting on Oct. 8 to visit the Jenner family home after Kris and Bruce Jenner announced their separation.
Odom is eager to get back on the basketball court and hopes to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers. "He is taking steps to get himself back on track," an insider previously told E! News, adding that the baller has been sober for more than a week. "He wants his old life back, although he realizes that might not include Khloé."
The insider added, "He just wants to get healthy and be there for his kids [from a previous relationship]."