Report: Los Angeles Clippers’ Lamar Odom will skip London Olympics
Forward Lamar Odom, recently acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers, will not try to make the United States’ men’s basketball team for the London Olympics, reports ESPNLA.com‘s Arash Markazi on Twitter.
Lamar Odom tells ESPNLA he will skip Team USA this summer and work with trainers in L.A. and focus on this season.—
Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 02, 2012
A report from HOOPSWORLD‘s Eric Pincus said Odom had not officially decided if he would try to make Team USA.
Odom, who missed the end of the 2012 season after agreeing to part ways with the Dallas Mavericks, was not expected to be part of the team until recently. But because of injuries and players deciding not to participate, the team is in need of size, making it possible that the versatile Odom would have been selected.
Dwight Howard needed back surgery, and LaMarcus Aldridge is recovering from season-ending hip surgery. Chris Bosh said he wanted to rest and rehab the abdominal strain he suffered during the playoffs. (Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade also are both out after suffering knee injuries).
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that top draft pick Anthony Davis suffered a severely sprained ankle and was likely out of consideration for a spot on the team.
Odom’s decision takes another potential big body out of the running. The team could still have Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, among others, available to play down low, but the loss of Odom takes another option away from Team USA.