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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have just left Dallas, but they may soon be packing their bags for a new destination: the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Khloe, 27, tells People that her NBA hubby is vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.
"This summer we're hoping to go to London and spend time with his kids," says the youngest Kardashian sister (referring to Lamar's two children from a previous relationship, daughter Destiny and son Lamar Jr.).
She told Entertainment Tonight basically the same thing, but made the reason for the London jaunt a bit clearer. "We just want to take a little time off for Lamar to be with family time, kids, basketball, Olympics, you never know," she told ET in explaining the couple's decision to take a break from filming their E! reality series Khloe & Lamar. "So, we have a lot on our plate right now."
Khloe knows that Lamar, 32, could use a boost to his basketball career right now. After he was unexpectedly traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks in December, Odom's game plummeted to career-low numbers, and in March the former star player was put on the team's inactive roster. He's likely to be traded or released from the Mavericks once this season ends, leaving his professional future up in the air -- which is a big reason they're taking a breather from filming Khloe & Lamar.
"We just wanted to prioritize a little," Kardashian told People. "We just wanted a little pause. Part of being married is knowing when your husband needs your support."
Now that he's got the Olympics on the brain, Odom has reportedly been training four to six hours a day to get in shape. There's just one little technicality that needs to be ironed out: He hasn't been offered a spot on the team! However, his name did appear on the preliminary roster, and the U.S. team is currently short four players, now that players Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard have all stepped down due to injuries. (And by "injuries," we mean Kris Jenner with a crowbar. Kidding! USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo blames all the injuries on the short season, due to the NBA lockout.)
According to USA Today, Odom has a shot at the Olympics because of his height (6'11"), versatility and the fact that he's already played on a gold medal-winning team (at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey). He also won a bronze medal with the U.S. team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
It sounds like London could be good for both Lamar and Khloe, who sounds excited to go to the Olympics, where no Kardashian has gone before (though Bruce Jenner certainly has). But we can't imagine they'd leave the TV cameras behind for the adventure of a lifetime. Khloe & Lamar may be on hold, but Khloe & Lamar Go to London may be coming soon!