Updated: Lamar Odom on USA's tuneup win over Greece
Lamar Odom, the only Laker on the USA squad, started and was active enough on the defensive end of the floor. In 18 minutes he got four steals and three boards. But on offensive Odom basically vanished; he didn't score and took only one shot.
Clippers guard Eric Gordon, who came off the bench, led the U.S. with 18 points.
The U.S. opens against Croatia on Saturday.
After the game, the USA team released a Q&A with Odom on how the squad looks heading into the start of the tournament:
Question: Are you using the “B Team” talk as motivation?
Odom: Always. We love to compete. We’re professionals. One of the best things about playing sports is being competitive. When someone says you can’t, it makes you more motivated.
Q: Do you think you can get better?
Odom: You can always get better individually and as a team. As a basketball player, basketball is a complete game, whether you’re shooting, passing, ball handling, free throws, shooting, you can always get better. You can get better as a team as well. What we want to do is be the best team in this upcoming tournament.
Q: Have you gotten better as a team?
Odom: Just the exhibition games made us better. This is a great way to practice, especially against someone else. We’re really pushing each other and we’re looking forward to playing in Turkey.
-- Barry Stavro
Photo: Lamar Odom in the USA's exhibition win over Spain last Sunday. Credit: AP Photo / Daniel Ochoa de Olza.