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Durant out of FIBA World Cup

Team USA suffered another high-profile loss Thursday, although this one was decidedly less frightening: Citing "physical and mental fatigue," Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has pulled out of the FIBA World Cup. Paul George, who sustained a horrific leg injury last week, also will miss the Barcelona tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Do you have a problem with Kevin Durant pulling out of the FIBA World Cup, citing "physical and mental fatigue?"

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  • How much will Kevin Durant's absence hurt Team USA at the FIBA World Cup?

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  • Will Team USA win the FIBA World Cup and earn an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics?

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  • Has the Paul George injury changed your opinion on whether you want your favorite players participating in international tournaments?

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  • Which of the following would you rather have an important player on your favorite NBA team do in the summer?

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Love to Cavs for Wiggins, more

It's official: Kevin Love is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the new-look team. Meanwhile Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young will try to bring the Timberwolves back to the playoffs. There's no telling what could come of this -- Love is an excellent player, but Wiggins could end up being a superstar, and there's no guarantee whether James' second version of a big three will work out as well as the first.

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  • How would you characterize Kevin Love?

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  • How much do you blame Kevin Love for the Timberwolves not making the playoffs during his tenure with the team?

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Jeremy Lin might be on his fourth team in five years, but the man known as Linsanity wins the Internet everywhere he goes.

The latest example: In a call for videos of fans executing the ol' "dunk on someone" prank, Lin shows himself, in his words, "taking no prisoners." That means dunking on friends and family -- including his mom:

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Paul George's devastating leg injury will keep him off the court this season, but he's obviously looking forward to getting back in the driver's seat. George, who has an awful lot of money, decided that, you know what, maybe a Ferrari would ease the pain:

That's a Ferrari 458, which retails for about $250,000 and has a top speed of about 200 mph. George probably will be able to drive long before he gets back on the court, so we hope he takes some comfort from his sweet, sweet ride in the meantime.

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Legendary NBA referee Dick Bavetta has retired after 39 years in the league. The 74-year-old has done and seen just about everything that an NBA referee can, including a footrace against Hall of Famer Charles Barkley during the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend:

Bavetta did pretty well for a man of his age, although it wasn't as if Barkley was in top form himself. We're just glad neither of them hurt themselves too badly.

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