Clyde Drexler Rumors

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Baxter Holmes: Kobe Bryant said he’s looking forward to attending the upcoming All-Star Game in Toronto and especially the opportunity to be around all the league’s top young players. “Man, I can’t wait to be around them and just talk to them and see how far the game has progressed and seeing all this young talent and the different generations of players,” Bryant said. “To me LeBron [James[ is still a young kid. I can’t even fathom that this is [year] 13 for him. That’s crazy to me. And having the generations that come after that. The [Kevin] Durant generation, you have the [Stephen] Curry generation. There’s just so many generations in between that. So it’s going to be fun for me to be around them. When I first played in the All-Star Game, imagine a 19-year-old kid walking into a locker room and there’s John Stockton with his little itty-bitty shorts, still. There’s [Charles] Barkley. There’s Clyde Drexler. There’s Gary Payton. As a 19-year-old kid, that was&.[wow].”
Storyline: All-Star Selections
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First came the pump fakes. Then came the sharp cuts and jabs to throw his defender off-balance. Those moves have represented Kobe Bryant’s signature traits through 20 NBA seasons. He has used them to navigate double-teams, fight Father Time and score at a prolific rate. And those skills partly stemmed from Bryant studying former Portland Trail Blazers guard Clyde Drexler, whom Bryant praised for his “unorthodox footwork.” “I learned so much from Clyde,” said Bryant, who played his final game in Portland on Saturday at Moda Center. “You look at guys who are right-handed, they normally used their left when they pivoted. Then you’re always jabbing and attacking with your right. He was the opposite. He pivoted with his right foot. So his game was a little unorthodox and harder to defend.”