LAS VEGAS, Nevada: Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and former NBA rebounding champion Kevin Love will play for the United States in next year’s Basketball World Cup, US coach Mike Krzyzewski announced.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves big man Love were teammates on the 2012 London Olympic gold medal team as well as the 2010 world championship squad that will defend its crown next year in Spain.
Both players have committed to the US program through 2016, when the Americans will try to defend their title at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“It means a great deal to us because of how committed they are to our program and we are very appreciative,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.
“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.”
Durant was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, now redubbed the FIBA World Cup, and led the US squad with 19.5 points a game at the London Olympics.
“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,” Durant said.