Durant told Coach
"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," Durant said in a statement.
"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 USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them."
Oklahoma City was eliminated in the Western Conference finals by the eventual NBA champion
Durant won a gold medal with Team USA in London at the
Durant is the latest NBA superstar to drop from Team USA, though the first to go voluntarily, following
Earlier this week,
The roster will eventually be whittled to 12 from the remaining 15 players.