CHICAGO -- When Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay got the call asking him to join USA Basketball, one of the people who pushed hardest for him to go was Vivek Ranadive, the Kings' owner.
"Guys are going to get hurt," Gay said Thursday. "You might as well go out here and play for something."
Paul George's gruesome injury during a scrimmage in Las Vegas was followed a few days later by Kevin Durant's surprise withdrawal.
But one had nothing to do with the other, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo insisted, and players said they never wavered in their commitment for the FIBA World Cup.