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Lamar Odom As An Olympian? Seriously?

USA Basketball has released their final 20 list of candidates for Team USA in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Lamar Odom is on the list. So are former Maverick Tyson Chandler and future Mav Deron Williams, both selections that would make a lot more sense. Here's the complete list:

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Guards – Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon and Dwyane Wade.

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Forwards – Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Kevin Love.

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Centers – Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler.

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Odom and Billups seem like the easiest cuts on that list, and Odom will hope that US scouts haven't been been watching his 31% shooting (19% from three-point range) or noticing his general malaise. Billups will just have to hope that they've forgotten how old he is.

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That aside, man that is a good team. I don't know if they can top the last group's performance, but they look better on paper.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.