Kevin Durant talks about Kobe Bryant comparison

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The Brooklyn Nets recorded a victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday night’s NBA action, 122-116. The game got a little hairy in the second half for Brooklyn, as they led by a whopping 23 points, but the lead was cut to one point in the fourth quarter.

In the end, the Hornets just fell short as they didn’t have enough to keep up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Nets duo scored the final 15 points of the night for Brooklyn to put away a Hornets team that received a team-high 29 points from Terry Rozier and 28 points from Kelly Oubre Jr.

Irving scored a game-high 33 points to go along with nine assists and five rebounds. Durant nearly had a triple-double, with 29 points to go, nine rebounds and eight assists and he was the one to earn some praise from Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.

Before the game, Clifford compared Durant to Kobe Bryant, which for many players is the highest honor you can get. Bryant, who tragically passed away along with eight other people, including his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in January 2020, lives on with memorials and honors in and beyond the basketball world.

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Players admired his tenacity on the pitch and how much work he put into becoming the best player he could be. When told about Clifford’s comparison, Durant, a basketball junkie, gave a brutally honest answer about how much he appreciated it.

“Kobe is someone I’ve been close to and still study to this day,” Durant said via Grant Afseth of the NBA Analysis Network. “Basically, I try to copy everything he does – same thing with Michael Jordan… Those two guys set the tone for everything you want to be as a basketball player…”

Durant was never teammates in the NBA with Bryant, but spent a lot of time around him during their time with Team USA and as opponents on the court. He has spent countless hours watching tape and learning from Bryant and Michael Jordan, two of the greatest players to ever take the field.

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Whenever you are compared to players of that caliber, you are doing something right. Durant is also one of the best to ever play the game and it won’t be long before coaches and players praise him in the same way Bryant and Jordan do.

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