Recently, Magic Johnson sat down with Kevin Durant to discuss Durant’s childhood, and patterning his game. Something that really gets me in this interview is to see how much respect Durant has for Magic. In the interview, Durant talks about a little bit of everything. From his childhood, to his idol as a basketball player growing up.
Magic inferred to Durant that he was a complete player already, and Durant, being as humble as he is, gave a great response: “I don’t think I’m complete just yet. I think that’s the best part about me. I can continue to keep getting better.”
The most interesting question Magic asked Durant in the chat was who KD patterns his game after. After Magic told Durant that some people say it’s the great George Gervin. Durant response saying, “Well, George Gervin is a little before my time.” Durant then said his idol growing up was the Celtic great, Larry Bird.
“How patient he was with the game. He wasn’t the most athletic guy in the league, but he made it work.”
He went on to say, “Larry Bird is just my type of player. A wing player that can shot the ball, can do it all, can dribble can pass can rebound can defend and just play with that edge every single night. Of course all of my friends gave me a little heat for wanting to be like Larry Bird, but, he’s one of the best players to every play the game. You got to give him his credit.”
Durant looking up to Larry Bird is a wise thing to do. They both exhibit that “edge” of competiveness and both have that long tall body to that with a great touch.
Magic joked around with Durant on his 12 technical fouls this year. His response was, “Man. I wish I knew,” he continued to say, “I get a little too emotional too riled up. Hopefully I stay under 16 by the end of the year.”