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PBT Extra: Kevin Durant pulls out of Team USA, start of a trend?

Aug 8, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

Kevin Durant was going to be a lynchpin of Team USA’s offense at the World Cup, and he has decided to pull out citing physical and mental fatigue.

I jump on the latest PBT Extra with the fantastic Jenna Corrado to talk about what kind of blow this is to Team USA (huge) and what’s really behind it. Durant has played more minutes than anyone the past four years, fatigue can be part of it, as can the Paul George injury, but I still think his new, massive $300 million or more shoe deal sitting on the table gives him a good reason not to take an extra risk right now. Not for this tournament.

As for the future, I have a feeling the days of the biggest stars going all in for secondary events like the World Cup may become a thing of the past. The Olympics — with its huge national and international branding potential — is one thing but these kinds of events are another.

  1. sisisisisisisi - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Welcome Jenna!

    Hook ’em

  2. tmatic74 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Smart move KD. You need to be paid every time you step on the court if others are making money in that process.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Boooooo! **throws popcorn**

  4. rrhoe - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I have no issue with Durant pulling out,I just wish if that was his thinking he didn’t report in the first place and pulled out like all the others.

  5. obmig - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    This is going to be the first few weeks he’s taken off since he was drafted. I doubt it has anything to do with any injury concerns. Seems like he just finally got tired. I don’t think this will be the end of great players doing these tournaments, because there are always guys looking to get great workouts and great coaching during the off season and these provide both.

  6. mackcarrington - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Do we really need to have a “dream team” to beat the rest of the world?

    • atahualpaoxford - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      You are going to find out soon enough….

    • redbaronx - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      @mackcarrington – The US can still win, but it’s far from a sure thing once you get your 2nd, 3rd, 4th choices playing. I think that’s why we’re loading up on bigs. Colangelo and Mike know they’re vulnerable without their best offensive players, so the US is going to have to be tough defensively.

  7. kavika6 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    The last great player we had on that team. So much for repeating.

  8. atahualpaoxford - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    americans really love playing for their flag, don’t they..???

    Providing that their flag bears the inscription: How much will I make, How much will I lose…

    White background with a green big $$$$ sign in the middle….

    • redbaronx - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      @atahualpaoxford – That’s just plain wrong. People have been fighting to get on the team and some have been sore about being left off the squad too in the past (John Wall). The reality is that Durant and LeBron have heavy schedules that go deep into the post season, and it’s natural that they’re feeling the wear and tear.

  9. cosme27 - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Yes we do need a dream team, the world is getting really good at basketball

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