Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/19/13
If every sports star got to play for the team he idolized growing up, the Cowboys, Bulls or Yankees would be stacked. The Toronto Raptors wouldn’t be too bad off, either. While the Raptors are usually not the first pick of young basketball fans looking to make their name in the sport, the north-of-the-border NBA club was apparently the favorite of a youthful Kevin Durant. He liked Vince Carter and how he led Toronto to a sudden ascent in the Eastern Conference, Durant said this week on The Dan Patrick Show. He also liked what the Raptors got to wear. “Believe it or not, I wanted to play for the Toronto Raptors. That was my favorite team,” Durant told Patrick. “… I was a big Vince Carter fan growing up. I liked their jerseys, to be honest. They were a new team when I was growing up, so I wanted to be a part of that.” A great follow-up to that would have been Patrick asking Durant about the alternate jersey that Durant has been stuck wearing with Oklahoma City this year, but alas, Patrick moved on to asking Durant about Kobe Bryant. Rekindle your memories of those awesome Raptors jerseys here. Hat tip to Sports Radio Interviews via Deadspin Photo of the Day What the what? Quote of the Day “I just want him to be more Tim Duncan-like. I tell him I like Tim Duncan. I want Tim Duncan. That’s what I want.” – Nuggets coach George Karl, on Javale McGee — but really, who doesn’t want a player to be more like Tim Duncan? Tweet of the Day Shameless plug! It starts tonight. HOCKEY!!— NESN Nation (@NESNNation) January 19, 2013 Video of the Day Because when does turning your backside to Novak Djokovic not work?
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