KD thinks of The Black Mamba as a basketball deity.
Durant told the story of the first time he met Kobe as a wide-eyed 18-year-old, and says the experience was “surreal.”
Per Silver Screen and Roll:
“I don’t remember the conversation but I can remember that I was very very… I was shaking. Kobe is a god to me, basketball-wise. So just to see him actually know my name at that time… I was 18… it was surreal,” Durant said of his first time meeting Bryant.
It’s a pretty cool admission from Durant, and came with a great kicker. The one thing he learned from Kobe?
“Every time you touch the ball, shoot it.”