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Kevin Durant Goes All Dirk Nowitzki

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 19, 2011

If you missed last night’s Thunder-Mavs game, you missed one of the latest moves Kevin Durant has added to his repertoire.

Let’s just say it’s ri-dirk-ulous.

Durant, at times, has been seen drilling on this move after practice throughout training camp and it just so happened that he unveiled it against Dallas in front of the originator himself, Dirk Nowitzki.

“Yeah, he’s the originator,” Durant said laughing. “I stole that from him a little bit. I’m not as good as he is at it. But I’ve been working on it, and it was the perfect time for me to do that with the defender playing the way he was playing. I’m glad I made it. I thought it was going to be an air-ball.”

Durant glanced over at the Dallas bench as he trotted back on D. He shot a sly smile at Nowitzki, who did not play but was dressed in warm-ups on the Mavs bench.

“I kind of gave a wink to Dirk because, like I said, I stole that from him, man,” Durant said. “He’s such a great basket-maker at that shot and he does it on every type of play, going to the middle, baseline. I’m just trying to perfect it a little bit like he has. It’s going to take me a long time but I’m working on it.”

Durant said he likes the move because it can be nearly impossible to block, especially at his size with his length. The shot, Durant said, also can bait opponents into fouling as they attempt to defend it. Durant added that he is not against breaking out the one-legged fadeaway in regular season games.

“I’m not afraid to use it,” Durant said. “People might think that’s an easy shot to make but it’s tough. You got to get the right arch on the ball and you got to make a strong shot. I’ve been working on it all summer. Hopefully I make more than I miss.”


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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