HANG TIME TEXAS, Y’ALL – You know what they say: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
So there was Kevin Durant buttering up Dirk Nowitzki like he was an extra-large tub of popcorn the other night right out there on the floor at American Airlines Center.
It was late in the second quarter when the Thunder All-Star knocked down a step-back 15-foot jumper off the wrong foot and then gave a nod and the proper credit to the master.
Of course, it was seven months ago when Dirk was torturing K.D. and his Oklahoma City buddies with that and a variety of other moves in the Western Conference finals on the way to Mavs’ championship.
Now John Rohde of The Oklahoman says that Durant is working hard to add the step-back to his bag of tricks as the new season approaches.
“He’s the originator, so I stole that from him a little bit,” a smiling Durant said after Monday’s practice. “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.”
After Durant made the shot, he glanced over at the Dallas bench while running back down court. Nowitzki and teammate Jason Kidd were shown smiling.
Is it really fair that a 6-foot-9, two-time scoring champion who already can jump through the roof, rattle rims with slam dunks and make it rain like monsoon season from behind the 3-point line should be armed with yet another weapon? Oh well, at least Dirk and the rest of us will know whom to blame.