NBA’s reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, withdrew from Team USA consideration on Thursday (August 7), citing “physical and mental fatigue.”
According to ESPN.com, KD reached out to Team USA Thursday afternoon, telling both Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski that he was “just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities.”
“This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country,” Durant said in a statement. “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 need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them.”
Team USA lost Indiana’s Paul George, after suffering a broken leg last week. Also, All-Stars Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard have also withdrawn from consideration.
That leaves 15 finalists for Team USA, which kicks off the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 14th in Chicago.