The United States basketball team that went to Turkey for the recent FIBA World Championship did not have the names Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony and any other NBA superstar. Dubbed as the B-team, this team composed of young NBA players proved critics wrong by winning the world championship for the first time in 16 years.
Playing a major role in the Americans’ world dominance in basketball is Kevin Durant, a rising NBA star from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unlike other NBA stars who were not so willing to play for the flag, Durant considers playing for the national team an honor.
In their semifinal game against Lithuania on September 11, Durant wore sneakers with a message to commemorate the incident nine years ago. In that semifinal match wherein team USA clobbered Lithuania, 89-74, Durant scored a team record 38 points.
In the final match against Turkey, Durant scored 28 points to power the United States to an 81-64 win. This proved that the young American squad is no B-team and truly deserves to be called champion.