Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of the Dallas Mavericks before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Heat’s Spoelstra says Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fadeaway is as iconic as sky hook


The Dallas Mavericks are the only team to have stopped the LeBron James led Miami Heat in the NBA postseason. It was in part because of Dirk Nowitzki and his unstoppable play and his trademark one-legged fadeaway. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra had some praise for that signature move and labeled it as “iconic.”

“He’s seen every single coverage that you can possibly think of,” Spoelstra said, via Dwain Price of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “His game is timeless, but he adds new dimensions.

“His one-footed fadeaway is iconic now — almost as much as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook. You see players trying to imitated it. That’s when you know you’ve got game — when your peers are showing you that type of respect.”

That is high praise, and multiple NBA players have tried to work it into their game since that 2011 NBA Finals.

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