Kevin Durant and Kevin Love to Play in 2014 World Cup (VIDEO)

by July 25, 2013

We already knew about Kevin Love’s desire to keep playing for USA Basketball. On Wednesday, Love and Kevin Durant announced that they’ll suit up for Team USA in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (to be held from August 30 – September 14, in Spain). Per the press release: “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 USA Basketball Chairman Jerry 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.'”