Participating in this year’s Olympic Games and helping Team USA secure the gold medal was therapeutic for Kevin Durant, who is still coming to terms with switching teams from the Thunder to the Warriors this offseason, Michael Lee of The Vertical writes. “It was therapy for me after making a big change in my life,” Durant told Lee. “It made my life easier … I knew [a backlash] was coming. It was definitely different for me, but to come here in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed.”
Durant also moved within 25 points of catching Carmelo Anthony, who is the top all-time Team USA scorer, but he’s not sure if he’ll be a member of of the squad when the next summer Olympics are held, Lee notes. “I can’t say right now,” Durant said. “I’ll be 31, going on 32 … .” However, the forward’s competitive fire may ultimately drive him to participate in 2020, with Durant telling Lee, “I want to pass him, for sure. Just because it’s ‘Melo, I would love to pass him. But I don’t know if I’ll play or not. Who knows? We’ll see. You never know what’s going to happen in four years. I’m just going to enjoy this one right now.”
One person who would love for Durant to participate in the 2020 games is USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, notes Marc Stein of ESPN.com. With this year’s squad fielding a roster that including 10 first-time Olympians, Colangelo would prefer more continuity moving forward, Stein adds. “We can’t go back again with 10 new players,” Colangelo said. “That’s not going to happen. For me, I’m glad we got past this.”
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