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Lamar Odom Could Still Play On The Olympic Team

Lamar Odom may have had a 9.2 PER for the Dallas Mavericks last season, but that doesn't mean Team USA has given up on him:

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While it may seem crazy, Odom played extremely well as the starting center on the 2010 World Championship Team, and Coach K turned to him before both Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.

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And with LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh now possibly sidelined with injury, the pool of available big men for the 2012 Olympics is extremely shallow. If Coach K thinks Odom's problems in Dallas were due more to motivation concerns and a poor fit with the Mavericks roster, he might be tempted to roll the dice on a 6'10 point forward with the versatility to defend both interior positions.

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