Found December 06, 2012 on Celtics Life:
Having been born in 1988, Kevin Durant could have grown up emulating '90s NBA stars like Charles Barkley, Larry "Grandmama" Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, KG or - the most popular fellow at the time - His Airness, MJ.  But credit Durant's throw-back brand of hoops to the fundamental play of Larry Legend.  In an interview with USA Today, Durant revealed his childhood inspiration with much admiration: "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...
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