BARCELONA (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Kevin Durant is back in the familiar surroundings of Barcelona this week, the city he visited with the United States squad last summer before traveling to London and capturing an Olympic gold medal.
The Americans' presence in the Catalonian capital in 2012 was a big deal because there is a rich tradition of basketball in the city and fans relished the opportunity to see the USA stars.
"It's taken me a whole year to return but I'm glad to be back here and very happy to spend a couple of days in this great city," Durant told Sport.es.
The USA eventually beat the tournament hosts Turkey for the championship.
Four years earlier at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, the two sides had also missed each other.
Maybe in 2014, the United States and Spain will meet in the title game.
"We'll see," Durant said.
"Spain always has a great team with great players and is a candidate to win. I'm very excited about coming next year. I know that we'll have young players who have not taken part in international competitions, so I wanted to help and take on the role of leader."
Durant says he treasures the memory of 2010.
While he had already made a loud splash in the NBA by the time he arrived in Turkey for the FIBA World Championship, that tournament enhanced his reputation and helped him grow as a player.
"It was certainly a special time," Durant said.
"There was the transition from being a young player in the league to being needed to be a major player in the team.
"I learned a lot at the World Championship in Turkey and coach Mike Krzyzewski helped me. I had a blast.
"I look forward to the World Cup next year and making it an experience as rewarding as the one I had in Turkey."
The United States defeated Spain in last year's Olympic Final to clinch a place at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.