Lakers Lamar Odom is jovial during the shoot around before the start of the game against the Philad

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Lamar Odom made a huge stride in his recovery this week … taking steps for the first time without assistance.

Sources close to Lamar tell us he hadn’t been able to move without a walker.  I heard Thursday Lamar ditched the walker and took three steps, shocking the docs.

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Lamar has had limited range of motion in his hands, but during a recent visit from Khloe he was able to reach above his head to put his hood on … a BIG step.

And that’s not all … his brain function is slowly improving. He was able to recognize a hospital staff member, which is significant considering at one point he couldn’t even recognize family.

We’re told Lamar will soon be moved to a rehab facility.