Remember Spingarn product Elgin Baylor’s patented rocker step? All-Star Kobe Bryant certainly does:
.. if he picks up the paper and reads about it, he should know that I owe a lot of it to him, ..because I really learned a lot about the game from watching them.”
Bryant has been aware of Baylor ever since age 6, when his grandparents sent him a tape called “Golden Greats of the NBA.” He didn’t just watch it, he studied it — over and over, year after year.
“I just steal all of their moves and incorporate them into my game,” Bryant said. “I copied Elgin’s first step. It’s actually a `rocker’ step, which is kind of a stutter move.”
No wonder Kobe went for 81 in an NBA game.