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USA Basketball is also monitoring Kevin Durant’s calf injury. The Phoenix Suns star did not practice during the five-day training camp that concluded with an exhibition game Wednesday in Las Vegas. Kawhi Leonard, USA Basketball, team usa basketball


USA Basketball is also monitoring Kevin Durant’s calf injury. The Phoenix Suns star did not practice during the five-day training camp that concluded with an exhibition game Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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This would have been Leonard’s first Olympics. Leonard, who missed the Clippers' final three playoff games in April with a sore right knee, arrived in Las Vegas last week for the team’s training camp and told reporters Sunday that he was in good physical condition.

“It's good. I'm ready to go,” Leonard told reporters. “I'm playing now, so I'm happy.”

He admitted he had concerns playing in the Olympics but said, “I took the time, and I was able to turn it around over the last two weeks. So I'm out here now and yeah, I'm having a good time."

Leonard had surgery to repair a torn ACL three years ago and surgery to repair a meniscus injury a year ago on his right knee. He also missed the final eight games of the regular season.

After watching Leonard practice for four days, USA Basketball staffers on Tuesday discussed Leonard’s future with the team.

“My approach was just, ‘Let's get through the four days. Let's hope we can get through the four days and then let's take a step back and evaluate,’ ” Hill said.

“One of the many things that I really love Derrick and particularly with this team is I don't feel like his role changes much with our team from what he does with the Celtics,” Hill said. “He plays alongside two incredibly great young players, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. And this setting is hard when you come in and you have to sort of ... you're the center of your universe and now you have to establish a role and it might be different than what you have to do with your team.

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