NBA.com staff reports
VIDEO: Durant Withdraws
2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant will withdraw from the USA Men’s National Basketball team prior to the FIBA World Cup in Spain:
Durant released the following statement:
“This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint. I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them.”
This is another big blow to Team USA after the loss of Paul George and will place added responsibility on Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden. It also means Team USA will only need to make three more roster cuts prior to the start of the FIBA World Cup on August 30.