Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the 2013-2014 NBA MVP, stole the headlines away from Kevin Love, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday afternoon when he announced that he would not be playing for Team USA when they travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup in a few weeks.
Durant said that he was emotionally and physically drained, which is why he isn’t playing.
Plenty of eyebrows have been raised about the future of USA basketball since Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George was injured during Friday night’s scrimmage. George was diagnosed with a lower right leg fracture, which has since been diagnosed as an open tibia-fibula fracture and he will likely miss the season.
One of Team USA’s most important players, Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry admits he has some doubts about playing but says he and his teammates are committed to playing.
“I had some doubts when I left Vegas as to the risk that you take when you play USA Basketball, but at the end of the day, we made a commitment to play, and any time we play basketball, that’s a risk we take,” Curry said via Diamond Leung of The Bay Area News Group.
“We’re committed. For now we’re going go out there and win the gold for Paul and do our thing over in Spain, but I haven’t really thought about two years from now because I guess everybody has to make a decision based on where they are when that time comes.”
Curry put up 24.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.1% from the floor, 42.4% from beyond the arc and 88.5% from the free throw line last season.