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Knicks’ Kevin Knox has been closely following Kevin Durant as a fan for years

Kevin Durant, Kevin Knox

After a rather slow start to his debut campaign, New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox has been looking much better over the past month or so.

Speaking to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Knox recently shared how much inspiration he has drawn from Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant throughout his career:

Growing up a Kevin Durant fan meant Kevin Knox switched allegiances, jumping from the Longhorns to the Thunder to the Warriors.

For Knox, the player was more important than the team. He admired Durant that much.

“I just followed him wherever he went,” Knox said. “Every team he went, that was my favorite team.”

“I followed him pretty much my whole life. So I watched all his games, highlights, all that. So that was kind of my dude growing up.”

Durant played his single college season with the Texas Longhorns back in 2006-07, which means that the 19-year-old Knox has been a KD superfan since he was just seven years old. Now that’s loyalty.

Durant is unquestionably one of the greatest players in the game today — arguably, ever — so Knox picked a pretty good dude to idolize.

For his part, Knox has been on a tear of late, showing the whole basketball world why he was drafted ninth overall by the Knicks last June. Since December, the former Kentucky standout has been averaging 16.4 points (on 39.6 percent shooting), 2.2 3-pointers, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and just 1.3 turnovers in 34.5 minutes of action.

He may not exactly be in the Rookie of the Year conversation right now, but he sure looks the part of being one of the team’s cornerstone stars of the future.