Kevin Durant, 23, will cap off a busy few months in London. In June he played in his first NBA finals — his Oklahoma City Thunder lost in five games to the Miami Heat. Now he’s going for his first Olympic gold. Durant has already dominated on the international stage: during the 2010 world championships, he was unstoppable. In America’s semifinal win over Lithuania, he scored 38 points, a U.S. record for a world-championship tournament. Against Turkey in the gold-medal game, Durant hit seven three-pointers — another world-championship record. He led the U.S. to its first world title since 1994. Adding him to a mix that includes returning Beijing gold medalists Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade makes Team USA the overwhelming favorite in hoops.
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