Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK (NBA.com exclusive) — Kevin Durant reminds Tracy McGrady of a younger version of himself.
On the night McGrady made a dramatic debut with the New York Knicks, it was Durant who proved to be the most effective star on stage.
The Oklahoma City standout scored seven of his game-high 36 points in overtime to lift the Thunder to their eighth straight victory, 121-118 in overtime, against the Knicks before a sellout crowd of 19,763 at Madison Square Garden.
“He reminds me of myself when I was younger,” McGrady, 30, said of Durant, 21. “The guy is incredible, man. 6-10, 6-11, knocking down some big shots. He’s playing with a great deal of confidence right now and when a guy has confidence like that and he’s very skilled…I don’t give a damn what you do, it’s tough to stop a guy like that and he had it rolling.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.