Kevin Durants says he patterned his game after Larry Bird

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| December 7th, 2012 | 1,644 Views

In a recent interview with USA Today, Kevin Durant talked about the evolution of his game, LeBron, marketability and how he patterned his game after Larry Bird – not MJ, Kobe or any other high flying scorer.

“Larry Bird is a guy I like watching,” Durant said with a smile. “I watch film on him all the time. I like his approach to the game when he was playing. When I first started playing the game, my Godfather Taras Brown – who taught me how to play – he always was a Larry Bird guy, always used to look up his stats

“So of course as I got older and started to watch NBATV, Legends games, and of course you here the stories about the rivalries with him and the Lakers and him and Magic, so I like his competitiveness, how low-maintenance he was, how he just went out there and did his job. He played hard. He played for the love of the game, and that’s what I’ve got.”

I love that Durant watches film and studies legends before him.  I love that Durant can appreciate Bird’s game.  So much so I’m finally going to give Thunderstruck a play today.

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