Team USA captured Olympic gold on Sunday after defeating Serbia by a score of 96-66, capturing its third consecutive gold medal. With the Olympics headed to Tokyo in 2020, Kevin Durant is not sure if he will be playing.
“I can’t say right now,” Durant said to Michael Lee of The Vertical. “I’ll be 31, going on 32.”
While Carmelo Anthony soaked up most of the attention in Rio De Janeiro, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Team USA history, Durant is just 25 points behind Melo for the record. He could likely topple Anthony’s record in just one game in 2020 but is not ready to commit. During his press conference, Durant was met by Anthony who said Durant would play in 2020 and in 2024.
Anthony has already confirmed he will not suit up for Team USA in four years, making Durant’s mission to surpass him easier.
“I want to pass him, for sure. Just because it’s ‘Melo, I would love to pass him,” Durant said. “But I don’t know if I’ll play or not,” Durant told The Vertical. “Who knows? We’ll see. You never know what’s going to happen in four years. I’m just going to enjoy this one right now.”
After scoring 30 points in the final game, Durant said the Olympics were a needed experience for him. In one of the biggest offseason moves in history, Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the defending, back-to-back Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. He has been vilified and hated since that day so getting back to simply playing basketball was a nice break.
“It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant said. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming. It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.”
Now Durant is headed for Golden State to begin his immediate mission of capturing a golden ring.