Lamar Odom’s Year of Championships & The Top NBA News

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U.S. Chauncey Billups (L) and Lamar Odom (R) celebrate with the trophy after defeating Turkey in the FIBA Basketball World Championship final game in Istanbul September 12, 2010.               REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (TURKEY - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Lamar Odom has been a very successful man when it comes to winning championships and taking home the gold.  Odom won two NBA championships, one in 2009 and the other in 2010, however, his work did not stop there.  Odom decided to join the USA Basketball Team and help them win gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.  After battling the world’s best teams, the so called “B-Team,” beat Turkey in the Gold Medal game.  The final score was 81-64, with Kevin Durant named tournament MVP.  However, Lamar Odom was a key part of Team USA’s success as he made big plays throughout the whole tournament.  It was a busy summer for Lamar Odom, but he should be ready to go for another title run and adding another championship under his belt.

Lamar Odom and Team USA took gold in the FIBA World Championships: Lakers.com BasketBlog

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Who is the best coach in professional sports today?  Based on numbers, Phil Jackson should be on top of everyone’s list. No one can match his number of wins in the regular season and playoffs.  Not to mention this number of rings in his belt, 11. [OC Register]

Kevin Durant may have won MVP of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, but you can make a great case for Lamar Odom.  He was the hustle-man for Team USA, he grabbed every rebound and dived on the floor for loose balls.   Odom was the guy who would step up the perfect fast-break, the guy who would make the tip-out to the teammate, Odom was the reason why Team USA succeeded. [FOX Sports]

Ron Artest had a ticket to go see the Video Music Awards last night, but instead he gave it to his daughter.  Artest is proving time and time again that he is a kind man and helps out others first, rather than himself. [MTV.com]

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After a grueling summer of dedication and hard work, Team USA took gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.  Many people doubted the chances of this team, as none of the stars in the 2008 team returned.  Led by Lamar Odom and Kevin Durant, USA beat the home-town Turkish team, 81-64. [NBA.com]

Allen Iverson is a future hall-of-famer and was one of the most explosive scorers the game has ever seen.  However, he is no longer the great “AI,” it has been rumored that Iverson may play in China next season if no team in the NBA will sign him. [NBA.com]

The Cleveland Cavaliers have named David Griffin their vice president of basketball operations. [ESPN.com]

The Chicago Bulls have named Michael Reinsdorf  as the team president and chief operating officer. [Hoopsnotes] The Bulls also added Ed Pinckney to their coaching staff. [ESPN Chicago]

The Golden State Warriors have signed former Sun, Louis Amundson to a two-year $5 million dollar deal. [ESPN.com]

The NBA has partnered up with BBVA Group.  As part of the deal, BBVA will be known as the Official Bank of the NBA, the WNBA, and the NBA D-League in the United States, Spain and Puerto Rico.  [NBA.com]

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