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Fatigue not issue for Durant, LeBron, Colangelo says

Kevin Durant passes the ball during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice in Las Vegas

Kevin Durant (45) passes the ball during the U.S. Olympic basketball team practice at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nevada July 6, 2012. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Sam Morris (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL OLYMPICS)

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When you were watching the NBA finals, you were watching a lot of Team USA.

Four guys — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden — played all the way into late June, through the war of attrition that is the NBA playoffs, only to have to turn around and be in Las Vegas for Team USA training camp a few weeks later.

But so far, no signs of fatigue, USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday.

“Durant and Westbrook and Harden, they could play all day, eight hours a day, because they are young,” Colangelo said. “We’re watching LeBron carefully, but he doesn’t appear he’s laboring at all and he’s picking his spots.

Colangelo said there was never a concern that LeBron wouldn’t be part of the team, so long as health allowed him (unlike Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who both begged out after the finals due to injuries).

“(LeBron) knew we were not going to push him at all,” Colangelo said. “We were going to give the players that went deep into the playoffs the time they needed. We won’t look at this week as being our camp — it’s a four-week camp. And as long as we are ready for London we’re good.”

The other guys not in playoff shape were ready, too, Colangelo said.

“Carmelo (Anthony), he didn’t go deep in the playoffs but he came in here in great shape and it shows,” Colangelo said.