Odom the grizzled vet in this bunch

With USA Basketball, the Laker takes on the role of leader and the youngsters follow

Updated: July 25, 2010, 2:16 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LAS VEGAS -- The "L" words that are usually applied to the guy everybody calls "L.O." are "lefty" and "lackluster," describing his southpaw game that often comes up south of the potential he possesses, respectively.

After a successful week of training camp with USA Basketball in Las Vegas, those "L" words surrounding Lamar Odom have changed to "lock" and "leader," describing his chances of making the team that will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey next month and his role ...

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