2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant announced today that he will be withdrawing from Team USA and will not play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Durant cited that he withdrew because of “physical and mental fatigue” from the NBA season.
Durant won the 2010 FIBA MVP award as he led Team USA to its first title since 1994. Durant was also a participant for Team USA in 2012 London Olympics as he helped lead them to a second consecutive gold medal and their 14th gold in the 18 years that basketball has been an official Olympic sport.
Durant is not the only player to have withdrawn from Team USA. NBA all-stars Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard have all withdrawn from the team.
Durant’s withdraw comes less than a week after Paul George suffered a broken right leg in an exhibition match.
USA’s odds to win are still an impressive 2-5. The FIBA World Cup consists of 24 national teams and will be held August 30th through September 14th in Spain.
—By Brandon Wilson—