Lamar Odom Will Not Play for Team USA in the Olympics

Lamar Odom won't be sporting the red, white and blue for the 2012 Olympics. The recently traded basketball player, who will now play for the L.A. Clippers, has decided not to be part of Team USA.

"Lamar Odom tells ESPNLA he will skip Team USA this summer and work with trainers in L.A. and focus on this season," ESPNLA.com's Arash Markazi twittered.

In May, Odom's reality-star wife, Khloe Kardashian Odom, had alluded to their hopes he would be on the Olympic team: "This summer we're hoping to go to London and spend time with his kids," she told People, referring to Lamar's two children from a previous relationship, daughter Destiny and son Lamar Jr.

But she later clarified that they weren't banking on his landing a spot on the team. "We just want to take a little time off for Lamar to be with family time, kids, basketball, Olympics, you never know," she told Entertainment Tonight.

This has been a difficult year for Odom, who was traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks and then was released early from his contract after only four months on the team. Now it seems Odom's hopes for being on the Olympic team have been dashed as well.

And Odom isn't the only NBA player will not participate in helping Team USA. New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin and Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma have withdrawn from the 2012 USA Men's Select Team that will play the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team in preparation for the London Games.

Stiemsma was forced to withdraw after undergoing a nonsurgical process for plantar fasciitis, and Lin could no longer help train the team because of his status.

"Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to participate in the 2012 USA Men's Select Team this summer," Lin said in a statement.  "It was such an incredible honor to be selected, but I have withdrawn my name from the team because of my status as a free agent.  I hope to have the opportunity to participate with USA Basketball at some point in the future."

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