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