Former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and two-time champion Lamar Odom revealed in his upcoming memoir, “Darkness to Light,” that he cheated a drug test in order to play for USA Basketball at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In an excerpt of the memoir, obtained by People magazine, Odom writes that being offered a spot on the team was “one of the biggest honors in my career.” However, “the joy of being named to the twelve-man roster quickly turned to anxiety when Olympic officials informed me that I would have to pass a drug test before officially joining the team,” he writes.
Odom, who says he was “smoking weed every day that summer,” then began to search online for a solution.
“We started googling ‘fake penises’ and studied different ways to beat a drug test,” he writes.
So he ordered one, and though he “was paranoid it wouldn’t work,” he says he used it — filled with his trainer’s urine — and passed the test.
“(An official) stuck a thermometer in the cup to gauge the temperature … satisfied that the pee was mine, said ‘Welcome to Team USA,’ ” Odom writes.
Team USA, which also featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan, went on to lose in the semifinals to Argentina before winning a Bronze medal — the most disappointing finish in USA Basketball’s Olympic history.
Odom, who was traded from the Miami Heat to the Los Angeles Lakers a month before the 2004 Olympics, played and started all eight games for Team USA, averaging 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.