Written by: Matthew Blunk
Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom has demanded a trade from United States' men's national basketball team, according to a source. Odom allegedly went into the office of USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and got kind of emotional.
"I can't comment on that right now," Colangelo said. "We met with (Lamar) this morning, and he expressed some of his feelings. I don't think he really understands how this process works."
Los Angeles Lakers guard and former Odom teammate Kobe Bryant could not be reached for comment.
Odom may have seen the handwriting on the wall when rumors spread that New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis was considered a candidate to make the Team USA squad, set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics starting in late July. His troubling 2011-12 NBA season probably didn't help, either.
"Was he even supposed to be on the team?" pondered LeBron James.
Odom was recently acquired by the Clippers in a four-team trade also involving the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets. The deal marks Odom's return to the city of Los Angeles after one season with the Mavericks (whom he proceeded to quit on), and return to the Clippers franchise after nine years away. Odom was to be part of the ill-fated Chris Paul-to-the Lakers trade last winter, but when it fell apart due to "basketball reasons," Odom similarly demanded a trade then, as well.
"I mean, it's cool that he's back in L. A. now," said Tyson Chandler. "Now we can all look forward to 'Khloe and Lamar Take Hollywood' all over again."
Odom apparently requested that he be dealt to Tunisia, though nothing is yet confirmed.
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