The LA Daily News wrote:
The disappointment of not winning the gold medal couldn't outweigh the overall experience of playing in the Olympics for Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who would like the chance to suit up for USA Basketball again.
With Phoenix Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo reportedly having received commitments from five players to play for the national team, Odom said Tuesday he would welcome an invitation, if it was extended.
"I'll do my best to call Mr. Colangelo and let him know I want to play again," Odom said. "They're going to pick who they pick. Hopefully, I'll be one of those guys."
Odom took pride both in playing with the likes of Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson in Athens and representing the Queens, N.Y., neighborhood in which he grew up. Even as the U.S. team imploded, Odom burnished his reputation playing for coach Larry Brown.
"I tried to just do what I was asked to do," Odom said. "At that level, it's not about the name on your jersey. It's about the name across the chest."
Odom said he would be willing to make a three-year commitment to USA Basketball and that he expected some players from the 2004 team would play again. The U.S. team lost three times on the way to a bronze-medal showing in Athens.