Love Commits To Team USA For 2014 FIBA World Cup

Love Commits To Team USA For 2014 FIBA World Cup

Mark Remme
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Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love announced on Wednesday his commitment to play for Team USA in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup held Aug. 30-Sept. 14, 2014, in Spain.

Love made the announcement in Las Vegas alongside fellow All-Star and 2012 Gold Medal-winning teammate Kevin Durant, who also committed to play for Team USA next year. The two were on hand as Team USA held a minicamp for younger members of the basketball program led by men’s national team coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.

Last year at this time, Love was in the process of helping Team USA win its second straight Gold Medal—during that memorable run, Love averaged 11.6 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game. The U.S. won Gold over Spain 107-100 last August.

“Just being part of USA Basketball has meant a lot for my career,” Love said. “I’ve been part of the World Championship team in 2010 and the 2012 Olympic team in London. Just coming off last summer and then heading forward, just being 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 exclusive family. From 2009-2012, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including teams and trials and the 3x3 FIBA championships, according to the organization’s press release. Colangelo announced in May that Krzyzewski would return to lead the U.S. National Team for the 2013-16 session. Krzyzewski said having Love and Durant commit for the upcoming championships is a huge step toward putting together another contending Team USA squad.

He said not only are the two talented individuals who can lead by example, but they also are still young and have grown up together in the program.

“Both of them were 21-year-old guys when we won in Istanbul (in 2010), and then at 23 they won Gold Medals,” Krzyzewski said. “They now are the leadership. They are part of the leadership of our program, and they’ve been committed.”

Colangelo made the announcement, noting it’s a big deal having Love and Durant make this early commitment because it sends the message to others in the program who have indicated interest that Team USA is ready to begin focusing toward the next four-year cycle.

Durant said it’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. Being able to represent your country is something you can’t take for granted, he said, so he knew last summer he would be back competing in this 2014 World Cup.

Love agreed, saying the goal for this USA Basketball family is to reach new heights and win another gold.

“That’s what we try to bring home for Team USA,” Love said. “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.”

Quick Hits

  • 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 62-1 record over the seven years, claimed top honors in four of five FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. 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.

  • The USA National Team program between 2006 and 2008 compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record. The USA culminated the 2005-08 session 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.

  • 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.

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