Things for Team USA basketball have not been going so well the last week or so. First Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury, and will miss the entire upcoming NBA season.
Late Thursday afternoon Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant announced he will be withdrawing from Team USA due to being “physically and mentally drained.”
“This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country,” Kevin Durant said. “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 completely understand Kevin Durant, and all the other players withdrawing from the team. The NBA season is long, and is a grind. It wears you down physically and mentally, especially when you go deep into the playoffs.
I don’t believe Paul George’s injury had anything to do with this. It was a total freak injury, and it shouldn’t have any impact on players deciding whether or not to play for Team USA.
If it was the Olympics we were talking about, I think it would be a different story. The Olympics are a more prestigious event, and attracts all the top NBA players. I’m sure Kevin Durant and all the other NBA stars will participate in the Olympics, but for now, take a break and get ready for the upcoming NBA season. That’s what’s most important to them right now, as it should be.
With the loss of Durant and George, may believe Team USA might not even be the favorites anymore. Spain will be their toughest competitors, it will be interesting to see how Coach K’s American squad responds to the loss of two of its better players.
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