Lamar Odom averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 games with Dallas this season. That was before Mark Cuban kicked his ass out of the Dallas locker room for not caring. That doesn’t really sound like someone you want on the United States Olympic team. When your family is famous because your big sister had sex with an R&B singer on videotape, things like stat lines don’t really matter. From Radar Online:
“Khloé is telling friends that Lamar must make the Olympic team — for the sake of his career and their future together. He has been training non-stop to get in the best shape possible and will do anything to make the cut. Lamar has tremendous respect for the Olympic head coach, Mike Krzyewski, and he knows what he has to do to get ready. Khloé is also training with Lamar to give him confidence and she is really being as supportive as she can.”
Training with Khloe should prepare him for trying to push the Gasol brothers around. You have to appreciate the admission that unless Odom is a relevant basketball player, the marriage is pretty much over. That’s commendable.
“Khloé thinks the best way for Lamar to get a new deal with a NBA team is if pro coaches were to see how he performs at the Olympics. Lamar would love to sign a new deal with either the Lakers or Clippers, because Los Angeles is his home, but he loves the game so much that he will go where he is needed. Lamar isn’t ready to retire, period.”
I picture people with brains tilting their heads like a confused dog when they listen to Khloe Kardashian talk. First, she apparently thinks that the Olympic team is easier to make than an NBA team. Also, Odom would love to be in LA, but he loves basketball so much he’d play anywhere. Just ignore the months he mailed in while he was in Dallas.
The crazy thing is, Odom has a realistic chance at making the Olympic team. The pool of American big men is shallow. Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum are out. JaVale McGee is defecting to the Philippines. Kevin Love is hurt. Anthony Davis weighs 150 pounds. Team USA is almost down to the DeMarcus Cousins – Kris Humphries pages in their little black book of post defenders. If you can convince Odom that there’s a beach in London, he might not be that bad a choice.