Durant withdraws from Team USA
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (TheSpread) – Kevin Durant, the 2013-14 NBA MVP, withdrew his name from consideration for Team USA for the FIBA World Cup after citing fatigue.
Team USA announced Durant’s decision on Thursday, stating that Durant “expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities.”
Part of Durant’s decision may have come from seeing Paul George suffer a season-ending leg injury during the team’s exhibition last week. Durant joins the likes of Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridger and Kawhi Leonard as players that have withdrawn from consideration for Team USA.
Durant is coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 32 points per game, shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Durant also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Durant is averaging 27.4 points per game for his career.
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