Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Team USA suffered another blow after Kevin Durant pulled out the FIBA World Cup later this summer in Spain due to mental and physical exhaustion.
His departure severely depletes team USA’s frontcourt with small forward Paul George injured and LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love also pulling out.
“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,” said the Oklahoma City Thunder star.
Durant was the one who called chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to deliver the news.
“Kevin … expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities,” Colangelo said.
Durant would have split his time between small forward amd power forward.
Team USA’s best options at small forward are first-timers Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver, none of whom have made NBA All-Star teams.
Anthony Davis, a 21-year-old, is the only All-Star frontcourt player left for Team USA, unless Love decides to play now that his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers is agreed upon.