Lamar Odom Eliminated from Team USA Consideration
Welcome Back Lamar?

The past few months have been a roller coaster ride for former Lakers forward Lamar Odom. As if getting traded after arguably his best season with the Lakers wasn’t bad enough, Odom’s career in the NBA gradually started to fall apart with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.

After a heated clash with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Lamar Odom was officially deactivated by Dallas and basically sent packing for the rest of the season. It seemed to be a forgone conclusion that Odom won’t be with the Mavs for long after a dreadful first season with the team, but Dallas telling the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to go home with the playoffs around the corner was a surprise.

Now that Lamar Odom has been shut down for the year in the NBA, the attention of the veteran forward has turned to Team USA and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Unfortunately, the meltdown with the Dallas Mavericks has carried over to Team USA with Odom officially being eliminated from consideration for Mike Krzyzewski’s final 12-man roster as reported by Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

And a source said that forward Lamar Odom, who had a poor season and has been made inactive by Dallas for the rest of the season due to squabbles with the team, has been eliminated from Olympic consideration.

Along with Lamar Odom out of the running for Team USA, Chauncey Billups has also been eliminated due to the season-ending Achilles injury he suffered earlier in the NBA season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

With that being said, 18 NBA players are left in the mix for the final 12-man roster for Coach K. Kobe Bryant will almost certainly be a finalist unless he suffers an injury or bows out for other reasons. Other potential guarantees to make the final 12 will be LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.

Players likely to get the boot are Eric Gordon, Andre Igoudala, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tyson Chandler.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Michael Beasley Shines Against Suns, Putting Himself In Position For More Opportunities

When the Los Angeles Lakers signed Michael Beasley, he was touted as a versatile playmaker and option for center in lineups when the team went small. Beasley’s time with…

Jerry West: Lakers Playing Clippers In NBA Finals Would Represent ‘Ultimate Competition’

The Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers were seemingly inching closer to their long presumed matchup in the…

Lakers News: LeBron James Receives Highest Overall Player Rating In NBA Live 19

There’s absolutely no doubt that LeBron James is presently the NBA’s best player. At times, it may have felt like Stephen…

Former Laker Tony Gaffney Reflects On Relationship With Kobe

As his career winds down, more and more stories about Kobe Bryant…