Clyde Drexler Rumors

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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.”