Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun won the W.N.B.A. rookie of the year award.
N.B.A. players who choose to represent their nations in international competition know they could get hurt but ignore the danger “because they care.”