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USA Basketball Menís National Team Receives Commitments From Kevin Durant And Kevin Love For 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

July 24, 2013 ē Las Vegas, Nev.

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and USA Basketball Men’s National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) announced at the conclusion of today’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., that Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), winners of gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics, had confirmed they planned to be a part of the USA Basketball National Team program through 2016 and will participate for USA Basketball at next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup that will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14, 2014, in Spain.

“Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have officially announced that they will be a part of our future going forward, including the World Cup next summer, and it means a great deal to us because of how committed they are to our program and we are very appreciative of their early commitment,” said Colangelo when speaking to media following Wednesday’s USA National Team mini-camp practice. “We think it will certainly send a message to some of our other guys, who have indicated they are interested, and so we are very excited.”

“To represent your country, you can't really take that for granted, so I knew last summer I was going to commit and play this next World Cup,” said Durant, who averaged a U.S. team-high 19.5 points per game at the 2012 Olympics and who was named MVP of the 2010 World Championship after posting 22.8 points a game. “I'm looking forward to the opportunity, man, playing against the best in the world with the best in the world, so it should be fun.”

The 6’10” Love, who averaged 11.6 points and a team leading 7.6 rebounds per game during the 2012 Olympics, echoed Durant’s comments, stating, “K.D. mentioned it, just being a part of USA Basketball has meant a lot for my career. I've been a part of the World Championship team in 2010 and the 2012 Olympic Team in London, just coming off of last summer and then heading forward, just being a part of the family. Jerry and Coach keep mentioning being part of the USA Basketball family, and heading forward we are looking for bigger and brighter things.”

“It's an exciting day and no more appropriate time to do it than when we are also adding this influx of new, young talent,” said USA and Duke University mentor Krzyzewski. “For these veterans, although they are not old guys yet, for these veterans to make that commitment is a huge step. You have gold medal winners in two events. Both of them were 21-year-old guys when we won in Istanbul (2010 FIBA World Championship) and then at 23 they won gold medals (in the 2012 London Olympic Games). They now are the leadership. They are part of the leadership of our program, and they've been committed. Kevin (Durant), this is the first camp that we've been involved in that he hasn't been a participant. So, he started when we as 17. He (Kevin Love) started when we was young. It's the program that Jerry has started since he took over, and it's paying a lot of dividends. So, it’s an exciting day for USA Basketball; a big day.”

The announcement came in Las Vegas following the final USA National Team mini-camp practice session. The mini-camp, which opened July 22, will close with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game on Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. PDT at the Thomas & Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV. †

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at www.UNLVtickets.com.

USA Basketball Men’s National Team
On May 23, 2013, Colangelo officially announced that Hall of Fame coach Krzyzewski would return to lead the USA National Team for 2013-16.

For the 2013-16 quad, USA Men’s National Team is conducting the team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nev., July 22-25, 2013; and will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the FIBA World Championship) Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain; if necessary, participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (dates and site TBD); and if the USA qualifies, compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Since Colangelo and Krzyzewski teamed up in 2006, USA National Teams have compiled a spectacular 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, and just as importantly reestablished the USA National Team and its members as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport.

The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000.† The USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

With Colangelo and Krzyzewski returning to lead the USA Basketball National Team for 2009-12, the national program compiled a perfect 26-0 win-loss record and won gold medals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.

Since first fielding in 1992 a team of legendary NBA stars, USA Basketball National Teams comprised of NBA players have claimed gold medals in 12 of 15 major international basketball competitions, while compiling an impressive 117-7 overall record (.944 winning percentage) in those competitions, and posting a record of 42-1 (.977 winning percentage) in exhibition games.

About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships. 

USA Basketball men's and women's teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games. 

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 World Championships; men's and women's FIBA U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships, and FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship.  USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.

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Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo:
On Kevin Durant and Kevin Love committing to USA Basketball:
Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have officially announced that they will be a part of our future going forward, including the World Cup next summer, and it means a great deal to us because of how committed they are to our program. And we are very appreciative of their early commitment. We think it will certainly send a message to some of our other guys, who have indicated they are interested, and so we are very excited.

Last night officially he (Kevin Durant) was about ready to commit, and we had a conversation today, the four of us, and he said he is ready to go with it, go public, because he had already made that decision. So, it's perfect timing for us, and we 've said this before, with all due credit to all of our guys, he's kind of the face of USA Basketball going forward. He committed a long time ago, and it's part of who he is.

Mike Krzyzewski

Coach Krzyzewski: 
On Kevin Durant and Kevin Love committing to USA Basketball:
It's an exciting day and no more appropriate time to do it than when we are also adding this influx of new, young talent. For these veterans, although they are not old guys yet, for these veterans to make that commitment is a huge step. You have gold medal winners in two events. Both of them were 21-year-old guys when we won in Istanbul (2010 FIBA World Championship) and then at 23 they won gold medals (2012 London Olympics). They now are the leadership. They are part of the leadership of our program, and they've been committed. Kevin (Durant), this is the first camp that we've been involved in that he hasn't been a participant. So, he started when we as 17. He (Kevin Love) started when we was young. It's the program that Jerry has started since he took over, and it's paying a lot of dividends. So, (it’s an) exciting day for USA Basketball; (a) big day.

One thing I'd like to say in addition about Kevin (Durant) is the thing he told us last night. He said, 'Coach, I wanted to come here and look you in the eye and tell you that I'm doing it.' I get chills just thinking that a guy of his stature and his accomplishment, for these two guys to come here, shows what they think of the program and the people involved to do it face to face, and we appreciate that very much.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant: 
On committing to USA Basketball:
To represent your country, you can't really take that for granted, so I knew last summer I was going to commit and play this next World Cup. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, man, playing against the best in the world with the best in the world, so it should be fun.

We did a lot of talking last year after the Olympics, because that group was so great together and we didn't want that to be the last time we played together. So, we talked about it just a little bit. You never know what time has (in store). Hopefully everybody stays healthy and we play next summer. 

How hard will it be to beat Spain in Spain?
It's going to be really hard. We beat Turkey in Turkey in 2010, so we know what it takes, but it should be fun.

On growing up in this program:
It was a process, just like everything is. It took a while to find my niche with team. Coach believed in me and invited me back every single summer. That put me on the 2010 team, and I had to work my way up and eventually I made the Olympic team. So, it's all been a process. It didn't happen over night.

On being a leader:
People on this team, guys on this team know that not one guy carries it. Everybody has to do it collectively. I'm just looking forward to going out and representing my country. 

On the 2010 team:
That was so much fun because we had a bunch of young guys, we didn't know what to expect going over to another country for a month. Those friendships are going to last forever, and that's the most important thing is guys that I'm going to be attached to forever. Of course, winning the gold medal was like a cherry on top, but it was a fun process. 

Kevin Love

Kevin Love: 
On committing to USA Basketball:
K.D. mentioned it, just being a part of USA Basketball has meant a lot for my career. I've been a part of the World Championship team in 2010 and the 2012 Olympic Team in London, just coming off of last summer and then heading forward, just being a part of the family. Jerry and Coach keep mentioning being part of the USA Basketball family, and heading forward we are looking for bigger and brighter things.

Just being a part of the USA family and being able to compete in a World Cup, a gold medal, that's what we try to bring home for Team USA. And then just being committed all the way through 2016, I think is very big for us to do that and be here with you guys and look towards the future.