Lamar Odom Still A U.S. Olympic Basketball Possibility
Despite a season that might as well have not happened at all, Lamar Odom might still be in line to book a trip to this summer's London Summer Olympics.
The former Los Angeles Lakers and, more recently, Dallas Mavericks forward barely made a dent with Dallas following his winter trade but injuries to others could have him in consideration to join the U.S. Basketball squad. The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard is down with a herniated disc, the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose is mending a torn ACL and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh is nursing an abdominal injury.
That's leaving slim pickings for fill-ins. The team faces a July 7 deadline to fill out its roster. Bad news for Odom, though: that could yet include projected number-one draft pick Anthony Davis from the University of Kentucky.
"If Lamar makes the team it just proves that the Men's basketball team have lost a ton of talent due to injury," a source told Hollywood Life, not without some backhanded criticism.
Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian recently also announced a breather from shooting their E! "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" spin-off, "Khloe & Lamar," specifically so that Odom could train toward reviving his basketball career. His time with Dallas was marred by regular clashes with owner Mark Cuban and precious little productivity. The 2010-2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year was never quite the same this past shortened season after the Lakers tried and failed to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets for All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
Odom publicly said that he felt "disrespected" by the attempt to dump him, and was subsequently traded to Dallas on Dec. 11. On April 9, the team chose to list him as "inactive' for the remainder of the season.