Thoughts on Bynum wanting to play in the Olympics and Gasol sitting out world games?
Fan House: But the Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, who has a shot to be this decade’s second-best center after Orlando’s Dwight Howard, would like to help. Bynum turned down an invitation to be with USA Basketball in preparation for this summer’s World Championships in Turkey because of injuries. He said he wants to be with Team USA in the future.
“I definitely do some day,” Bynum said in an interview Friday with FanHouse. “If my body feels good and I don’t have any serious injuries, yeah.”
“I am at the stage of my career where I had a lot of injuries going on,” Bynum, with the Lakerspreparing for Saturday’s Game 4 of a West first-round series against Oklahoma City, said of turning down USA Basketball’s invitation. “I wanted to be able to work out in a controlled environment.. Two knees [that have been hurt] and this Achilles stuff I’m going to have to rest after the playoffs.”
Bryant is expected to represent Team USA in Turkey while Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who also is on the roster, is hopeful but no guarantee to make the final cut. And it’s all but certain Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who led Spain to the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships, won’t help his homeland defend its title.
“More likely, yes,” Gasol said Friday when asked if he’s definitely not going to Turkey.