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Just The Sports: Where In The World?

Just The Sports

Monday, July 21, 2008

Where In The World?

The Learning Company has announced plans to release an NBA version of their Carmen Sandiego series entitled "Where in the World are Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol: NBA Playoff Edition." Players of the game will be required to track down Odom and Gasol after the players inexplicably disappear from Los Angeles Lakers after performing well for the team throughout the regular season.

"Breaking out into the sports world with our Carmen Sandiego franchise is something we have wanted to do for quite some time," stated Tony Lucki, CEO of the Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep group that owns the Learning Company. "While Carmen Sandiego is still relatively recognizable, she won't stay relevant forever and who better to carry this game forward into its next phase than these two NBA players who vanish so well and so inexplicably from their games. I really think we hit the mother lode by deciding to cast Odom and Gasol in this game and challenging people to try to find out where they go during the playoffs."

Levi Buchanan, game reviewer for, cited the game's realistic nature as its strongest attribute. "It really was just like being at a Lakers playoff game. As soon as the score is close and the team needs the two the most, they were nowhere to be found, but you don't immediately recognize it because the characters you think are Odom and Gasol are actually decoys. But if you look closely, you'll see that the decoy Odom is wearing a Los Angeles Clippers uniform and the decoy Gasol is really only six feet tall instead of the seven feet he is supposed to be playing at."

As the computer game concerns the playoffs, neither Lamar Odom nor Pau Gasol were available for comment.



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