Myles Turner discusses how Nets’ Kevin Durant is his basketball idol

With Kevin Durant’s career stretching over the last 15 years, it’s safe to say that the former MVP has become impactful on the game of basketball.

For Indiana Pacers big Myles Turner, it was Durant’s game that he looked up to. In an interview with Fan Nation, Turner opened up about how the forward has made an impact and the memories that resonate.

“(My favorite player) was definitely Kevin Durant growing up,” Turner said. “He was one of the guy that obviously was at the University at Texas and I got to hoop with him when I went to the University just a random weekend playing pickup or whatnot,” said Turner. “Stuff like that sticks with a kid. It definitely stuck with me, even to this day. So I know just coming out here and competing will stick with a lot of these kids out here.”

Turner talked about facing off against his idol:

“It was kind of nerve-racking, I was too nervous to talk to him,” Turner said. “My mom actually went up and grabbed him first and then I was kinda like forced to talk to him in a sense. It was actually at Oklahoma University, he was at a football game and we both just happened to be there at the same time. It was cool.”

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Earlier this offseason, after Durant officially requested a trade, Turner was an asset that was reported to be apart of some kind of trade for the Brooklyn Nets superstar. Since those rumors have died down, it seems as though the defensive presence of Turner will stay in Indiana.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire