NEW YORK -- Lamar Odom is an old man, at least when it comes to this U.S. basketball team.
He was reminded of that right from the first practice in New York, when he was so winded that he struggled to reach the rim shooting free throws.
While praising his leadership, coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledge Odom isn't ready to play.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers, are sitting out the world championships after three straight trips to the NBA Finals.
So why was Odom running around in a college gym Wednesday instead of getting the rest he needs?
"Because I was asked," he said, "and it's a huge compliment."
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