NBA News:KD playing in game five, Tony Parker retiring

Golden State Warriors Forward Kevin Durant will play for the first time since a right calf strain on May 8. Durant practiced with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, this previous Sunday. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, Durant will be key for the Warriors as they try to bring the series back to Oakland for a game six, but if not their season is done.

Former San Antonio Spurs Point Guard Tony Parker told The Undefeated that he would be retiring from the game of basketball stating that “I can’t be Tony Parker anymore.” Parker won four NBA Championships under Greg Popovich as a San Antonio Spur. In 2007, he won NBA Finals MVP. For his career, Parker averaged almost sixteen points for game, almost six assists, and three rebounds per game. Parker played his final season as a Charlotte Hornet after leaving San Antonio last summer.

America’s FIBA World Cup roster was announced today. Greg Popovich will be the head coach. The roster was headlined by 2018 NBA MVP James Harden (Guard,Houston Rockets), Anthony Davis (Forward/Center,New Orleans Pelicans), Kemba Walker (Guard,Free Agent), and Damian Lillard (Guard, Portland Trail Blazers). Other key pieces on the team are wings CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Khris Middelton (Free Agent), Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), and Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets). Point Guard Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) also joins the fold. Joining Davis in the big man rotation is Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Tobias Harris (Free Agent), and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers). Popovich added six new players who have never played on the national team who are a mix of veterans and young players. Rising stars Donovan Mitchell (Guard,Utah Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Forward, Boston Celtics), Kyle Kuzma (Forward, LA Lakers). Popovich also added veteran big men PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), and Paul Millsap (Free Agent) to the team.

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