Kevin Durant steps away from Team USA

      Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is withdrawing from Team USA for the remainder of the summer. Durant issued this statement detailing his decision..

      "This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. 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 the USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them."

      The move leaves Team USA thin when you combine Durant's decision with the loss of Paul George, who broke his leg in a team scrimmage Durant was the team's best player and has represented the U.S. in winning gold medals during the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics..