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Kevin Durant plans to play in 2016 Olympics
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Kevin Durant plans to play in 2016 Olympics
Monday September 29th, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant intends to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. 

Stein added that comments from Durant will air this week on SportsCenter.

Durant cited fatigue in withdrawing from the team on August 7th, prior to the FIBA World Cup in Spain. He told Team USA director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski at the time that he was "...physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities."

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Durant, the reigning league MVP, pulled out from Team USA after a 2013-2014 regular season in which the Oklahoma City Thunder went 59-23. The Thunder made it to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the San Antonio Spurs at the end of May.

Durant, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound 26-year-old, averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 38.5 minutes per game over 81 games last season, shooting 50 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. The Thunder's 2014-2015 season tips off October 29th in Portland.

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In Durant's absence, Team USA went undefeated in the FIBA World Cup, beating Serbia 129-92 in the championship game. The victory gave Team USA consecutive world titles.

 
- Christopher Woody

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