NBA — 04 November 2014
Kevin Durant Admits He Left Team USA Because of Paul George’s Injury

Tonight, Kevin Durant’s documentary “The Offseason” airs exclusively on HBO, where it will include some footage of what KD’s been up to since the Thunder’s season ended. We’ll probably see things like landing a lucrative shoe deal with Nike, his broken foot, and his decision to leave Team USA.

Well, here’s a preview of that last part. KD admits what he didn’t say before, but what we all suspected: he left Team USA because of Paul George’s injury, per the Washington Post:

His family, friends and representatives all understood and supported Durant but the hard part was going to be backing out and disappointing the people – like Krzyzewski – who expected him to play a leadership role in the pursuit of another international gold medal. A few days before he reached out to Krzyzewski, Durant watched Indiana Pacers forward Paul George break his right leg in a horrific collision with a basket stanchion during a Team USA basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas that convinced the reigning NBA MVP to withdraw from the FIBA World Cup.

“It took everything out of me seeing that,” Durant later told friend Randy Williams and a Nike executive at his camp of George. “Everything I had to play for Team USA, that injury stripped it away from me.”

Shortly thereafter, Durant was eating lunch when someone handed him his telephone. “That’s him?” Durant asked.

What followed is probably the most compelling part of the hour-long HBO Sports documentary, “The Offseason: Kevin Durant,” which will air Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO. Durant allowed cameras to track the summer following his first MVP season – from Oklahoma City’s season-ending loss to San Antonio in the Western Conference finals to training camp, where the eighth season of his career was delayed by at least one month because of a broken right foot.

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