Oden Out Of Running For '08 Olympic Squad?

By Chris Lauderback on July 27, 2007 at 8:27p
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According to a published report, Greg Oden will likely miss next month's training camp due to his recent tonsillectomy which could cost him a spot on the 2008 Olympic hoops squad. Personally, I like the recent overhaul of USA Basketball and the increased focus on building a team of committed players who have played together in preliminary tournaments/camps versus gathering a collection of superstars at the last minute, but it would seem a little shady for Jerry Colangelo to rule out Oden as a member of the team for a medical reason. That said, the expanded USA roster is pretty deep in the paint with the likes of Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler and Brad Miller are also on the list but appear to be nothing more than practice bodies. I guess it could become a numbers game, but I think it will be hard for Colangelo and Coach K to pass on a defensive minded shot blocking rebounder who could care less if he scored a point for Team USA. Lord knows there will be plenty other guys more willing to jack up shots than play solid defense. What do you think...Will Oden be an '08 Olympian?

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