REPORT: Lamar Odom Looking 'Incredible' For Possible Olympic Stint
There are certainly worse places one could revitalize a basketball career than at the Summer Olympics.
Former Dallas Mavericks foward Lamar Odom isn't letting an opportunity Fate left at his doorstep slip away in the night. To hear Hollywood Life tell it, as the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder enter the NBA Finals, Odom is hitting his stride to possibly round out a depleted U.S. Men's Basketball squad headed to London soon for the Summer Olympics.
"Being completely physically ready . . . is his best chance, since injuries have hampered the team's dwindling line-up," a source reportedly close to Odom claimed, throwing in praise for his "top-notch" renewed cardio and conditioning. "He is eager to show the coaching staff that he is a brand-new person, and very healthy and ready.
"The other players had to play an entire season. He obviously didn't, so he will be a benefit if he is accepcted on the team because he is looking incredible," the source concluded.
Well, it might be backhanded positivity, but it's not without some truth.
Odom reportedly felt "disrespected" after the Los Angeles Lakers tried dealing the former Sixth Man of the Year winner along with Pau Gasol, among others, to the New Orleans Hornets this past winter for point guard Chris Paul. NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed the trade, Odom's play trailed off and he was eventually dealt to the Dallas Mavericks - where he was even more unhappy, clashed constantly with owner Mark Cuban (as if that should be held against anybody) and was placed on the team's "inactive" list by spring before the NBA Playoffs began.
He and wife Khloe Kardashian put their "Khloe & Lamar" spin-off from "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" on hold, citing Odom's desire to make a run at the 2012 U.S. team. As the season and playoffs wore on, players started dropping like flies.
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the playoffs. The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard herniated a disc. Now, Miami's Chris Bosh is (pardon the irresistible pun) gutting out the NBA Finals following an abdominal strain that kep him out of multiple Eastern Conference Finals games against the Boston Celtics. Additionally, he may be coping with fallout from the sudden collapse and death of a massage therapist in his home.