Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/20/13
Basketball is a copycat sport more than any other. All of us can remember going out into our driveway to stick our tongue out like Michael Jordan, to whip the ball behind our back like Magic Johnson, or even try and swoop like Dr. J.  The copying doesn’t just stop at the elementary level though. Kobe Bryant once famously quipped that he had “seriously stole[n] all of [his] moves from the greatest players.” Johnson won a title by imitating his teammate’s unstoppable hook shot. Even Jordan admitted to mimicking parts of his game after legends like David Thompson. Every generation features its own alpha dog – and everyone else tries to unseat him from his perch atop the league. In doing so, the rest of the league invariably begins to copy the best players, assuming “if it works for (insert name here), it must work for me.” This isn’t always a good thing. In the early 1980s, Magic and Larry Bird dominated the game. Because of their unselfish and beautiful style of play, the game grew to heights
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