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Kobe, Howard learned from Olajuwon

A certain Hall of Famer in Houston has been teaching current stars his biggest secrets

Updated: March 2, 2011, 10:31 AM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine
Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard, Kobe BryantGetty ImagesBryant and Howard have the Dream to thank for their fancy footwork

Kobe Bryant drives hard down the right side of the lane in a January matchup with the Suns. Coming to a jump stop on the low block, he picks up his dribble and the defense, as usual, converges. Bryant fakes a shot, which sends Grant Hill airborne. But Hill's teammate Channing Frye doesn't bite, so Bryant quickly pivots on his right foot, turns his back to both Suns and fakes a pass to an imaginary cutter. Then, just as quickly, he steps back and launches a fadeaway jumper. His feet never stop moving.

Chris Palmer

ESPN the Magazine

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