Don’t Expect Kevin Durant to Follow in Kobe Bryant’s Footsteps as an L.A. Laker

January 8th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Few NBA superstars on different squads have ever shared a bromance quite like the one between Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Once Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder knocked Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs in 2012, game truly began to recognize game.

At a recent media session, Kevin Durant told Bleacher Report and some assembled media why he's grateful for their relationship:

He always had a respect for me, but I think that's when it went to another level. Some of the stuff he was telling me, I was shocked because I always felt that he was sheltered, had his shield up, was in a shell all the time. But he opened up a lot and I could tell he had major respect for my game. There's times when I hit him and just want to talk about life or basketball, he's always there.

For Lakers fans, Durant's admiration for the Black Mamba might seem like a sure sign that OKC's centerpiece today will be L.A.'s next savior tomorrow—if by tomorrow you mean July 2016, when KD hits free agency.

What more could a Kobe Bryant acolyte want than to follow directly in his mentor's footstep ...

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