Durant is Team USA's golden boy

Updated: July 6, 2012, 12:36 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Before you write off the idea of NBA players in international competition as antiquated, before you focus on the time commitment and downside and injury risk, consider the case of Kevin Durant.

You might not have seen Durant become one of the dominant players of the 2012 playoffs were it not for his experience at the FIBA World Championship in 2010, when he was the leading scorer on the United States' gold-medal squad. The confidence he gained in Turkey made him a better player for the ...

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