Don’t let the headline make you start doing back flips, this isn't what is sounds like. All jokes aside, Durant has claimed that he has withdrawn himself from the men’s USA basketball team this summer due to mental and physical exhaustion from this past NBA season. KD is the reigning MVP and absolutely carried the bulk of his team’s load and willed the Oklahoma City Thunder to get wins in the regular and post-season.
But this isn’t new to everyone apparently as Assistant Coach Jerry Colangelo said Kevin told him that he didn’t feel up to the commitment he made to the national team. Durant is a four-time scoring champion and broke Michael Jordan’s record of 40 games in a row with 25 or more points.
Toss in everything from winning a “Best Male Athlete” ESPY Award to being the 2nd youngest player to reach 10,000 points after LeBron James this year, and you can see where KD is coming from.
One could not boldly say that this is an excuse born out of laziness either; Durant silenced both “haters” and critics alike this year. “The Oklahoman” attempted to call KD “Mr. Unreliable” after a small string of inconsistent playoff games, and I emphasize the word SMALL here.
No more critics
Kevin not only silenced the critic but put up a gem of a game scoring 36 points and advancing his team to the next round of the playoffs. Regardless, fans are definitely not worried of the USA team’s depth but if there may be another reason for his decision to step away.
KD's departure makes him the 2nd big blow to the squad's roster this week after Small Forward Paul George who broke his leg. For all your NBA news stick with GiveMeSport.