MINNEAPOLIS -- If imitation is sincerely the purest form of flattery, then there are a few NBA superstars who are flattered by Dirk Nowitzki's one-legged fallaway jump shot.
The Dallas Mavericks' forward has been perfecting the one-legged jumper for a few years now. Then it popped up last year in the game's of Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Now, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love has added the one-legged jumper to his arsenal. To that, Nowitzki smiled after this morning's shootaround at the Target Center and said: "That's a nice shot to add.
"It's a tough shot to shoot, but I think if you have good balance and if you have the touch, I think it's a shot that you can master. It's a shot that you can get off at any time because you're always leaning back and getting a little separation between the defender and yourself. If you have a good touch it's a good shot to shoot.''
Thus, with all of the milestones he's reached during his illustrious NBA career, Nowitzki can now be viewed as the pioneer of the one-legged fallaway jump shot.
"It's kind of an honor to know that some of these guys obviously are trying to shoot it,'' he said. "LeBron shot it the last couple of weeks, Kevin Durant has been shooting it a little bit.
"It makes me proud that I actually did something in this league that's worth somebody's while.''
-- Dwain Price
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