Kevin Durant says Raptors were favorite team as youngster
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant admitted that the Toronto Raptors were his favorite team growing up largely because of Vince Carter.
Durant, who poured a career-high 52 points to beat Carter’s current team Dallas Mavericks Friday, said he wanted to be part of the Raptors back then because of the veteran’s enthusiasm and charisma as the franchise of player of a new team.
“Believe it or not, I wanted to play for the Toronto Raptors; that was my favorite team.” Durant said Friday. “I was a big Vince Carter fan growing up. I liked their jerseys to be honest. They were a new team when I was growing up, so I wanted to be a part of that.”
After he was picked fifth overall in 1998, Carter instantly turned the Raps into a playoff contender and even pushed them as far as the Eastern Conference finals.
Meanwhile, the Raptors suffered their fourth straight setbacks after they blew a huge 19-point lead and eventually bowed out in overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jrue Holiday had a monster night with 33 points and 14 assists while Thaddeus Young also racked up 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers.