This is why Kobe Bryant is one of the best to ever play the game. Amazing article.

Picture 2NBA.com: From the opposite end of the court, it looks as though the years have simply melted away. A head-fake here, a jab stab step there, a spin move that starts toward the baseline and then comes back into the middle for a jump hook that’s softer than baby’s breath.

Hakeem Olajuwon always knew he never wanted to carry a clipboard, sit on a bench or kneel in a huddle drawing up plays.

But this is different. It’s not coaching as much as it is teaching. It’s not drilling as much as it is shining a path from his past into the future of the game.

On this morning, he’s demonstrating, coaxing, breaking things down for a handful of teenage jumping jacks from the Bahamas who’ve only been playing the game for about two years. Back in September, just a week before the start of NBA training camps, Olajuwon was going through a quite similar routine with none other than Kobe Bryant.

“First of all, it was a tremendous compliment to me that Kobe asked me to work with him,” Olajuwon said. “Beyond that, it shows you clearly what it is about Kobe that makes him who he is. He has been in the NBA 13 years. He has won four championships. He has been MVP. And he still wants to know more, wants to add to his game.”

It was a Hall of Fame tutoring session that had been several years in the making, ever since Bryant first heard that Olajuwon had worked out privately with young star Emeka Okafor and several other NBA prospects.

“I was ecstatic,” Bryant said. “I was like a kid learning something new. It’s like opening up that Christmas gift. You know what’s in it and it’s the excitement of opening it. That’s the feeling I had.”

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  • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

    “I was ecstatic,” Bryant said. “I was like a kid learning something new. It’s like opening up that Christmas gift. You know what’s in it and it’s the excitement of opening it. That’s the feeling I had.”

    — AMAZING dedication by KB24. It’s so depressing to think one day he’ll actually HAVE TO retire :(

    • http://www.jjceleb.com Megan Fox JJC

      That’ll be another 10 years :P. Maybe he’ll still play like that at 50.

  • Short Dog

    Theres a reason why Kobe is the best ever. He’s determined to be the best. Perfects his whole game. He works hard as fuck. He’s not taking playing for the Lakers for granted.
    Kobe MVP
    F the celtics.

  • WifelovesLuke

    The best part was that “The Dream” got to watch Kobe live and in person against the Rockets using some of the new moves he taught #24.

    Kobe’s post play this season also reminds me so much of the Jordan of 95-97. A thing of beauty!

    1-2-3 Ring!!