In just three days, when Kevin Durant puts the finishing touches on his most sensational season and joins the exclusive fraternity that he's pursued the past four years, somewhere a legend will smile.

Larry Bird, from afar, has been watching Durant all along, admiring the Thunder forward for both his game and his growth.

But it wasn't until the two connected for the first time in an early-season chat that Durant learned Bird is as much of a fan of his as Durant is of the former Boston Celtics great. Mutual friends arranged a phone call between the two days after Durant last December revealed that Bird is the player after which he looked to model his game.

“I just talked to him one time,” Durant said. “But, you know, when you talk to somebody for that one time you can tell that you're kind of, like, connected because he's been watching. If I pick up the phone and call him it's like we've been talking every day.”

But in that one call, a conversation took place that would shape Durant's historic season.

Durant sits two games away from completing a near career-long chase for admission into what's referred to as the 50-40-90 club. Barring a breakdown of “Thunderstruck” proportions, Durant is set to become only the sixth player in NBA history to go an entire season shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the foul line.

At just 24, Durant will join Reggie Miller, Mark Price, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and, of course, his idol, Bird, as the only players to achieve the rare feat.

“If I'm able to join that club it'll be an honor,” Durant said. “It shows my progression as a player. It shows how far I've come as a player, from shooting 42 percent as a rookie to now shooting 50 almost for a whole season. That will be cool.”

With two games remaining, Durant is shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from 3-point range and a league-leading 90.7 from the free throw line. The field goal and free throw percentages are both career bests for Durant. Meanwhile, he's averaging 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists while playing 38.5 minutes, the fourth most in the NBA.

Bird was unavailable for comment. But with Bird's counsel, Durant gained some perspective on exactly how he would approach this season.

Durant peppered Bird with questions, from everything about his Finals matchup with Magic Johnson to his thought process in practices.

“He's a guy that, of course, is a legend and I try to emulate,” Durant said. “Somebody that had that fire and that intensity when he played and when he coached and somebody I look up to.”

Durant's conversation with Bird is in part the basis of why Durant this season has sacrificed a fourth consecutive scoring title, an achievement that would have etched his name alongside Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to lead the league in scoring four straight seasons.