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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 10/ 1/2010

Lamar Odom -- the face of D.C.?

By Washington Post editors

Is Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom coming to D.C.? Maybe, if you believe an artist's vision of the city's future.

In an artist's rendering of the new Southwest Waterfront presented to District residents Wednesday, the bald-headed, 6-foot-10 basketball player is depicted walking along the wharf with what appears to be a young boy wearing a Washington Wizards jersey.

Odom's face is clearly visible in the rendering, which was shown at a community forum at the new Arena Stage on Sixth Street SW. In fact, his face is the only one that appears to be based on a real human being. Quite literally, Odom is the face of the new D.C.

So why not put Wizards No. 1 draft pick John Wall or (gasp) fellow backcourt mate Gilbert Arenas in the drawing instead of Odom? Odom, 30, has no link to the District. He grew up in Queens, went to college in Las Vegas and Rhode Island, played professional ball in Los Angeles and Miami, is married to a California-bred Kardashian -- Khloe -- and is under contract for the next three years.

According to Madison Marquette, one of the two developers building the $1.5 billion waterfront project along the Washington Channel over the next eight years, a picture of Odom and his son were included in the sketch by the architects to show the family friendly nature of the area.

"The architects used the photo of Mr. Odom and his son because it helped illustrate how family-oriented that area of the project will be," Madison Marquette spokeswoman Angela Sweeney said. "I'm not sure they gave it much thought beyond that. However, I'm sure Mr. Odom would also be a great addition to the Wizards... or at the very least, a great visitor to The Wharf in 2014!"

(The Post will have more information on the Southwest Waterfront and the developers' presentation in this weekend's LocalLiving.)

-- Derek Kravitz

By Washington Post editors  | October 1, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  DC  
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