Is Post Play Really, Finally Dead?

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Sports Illustrated

By Chris Ballard For generations, giants ruled from the blocks. Today? Post play is an afterthought. But there remain a few who preach the forgotten craft—and seek its return. In the summer of 2009, shortly after winning his fourth championship with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant flew from Los Angeles to Houston. From there, he headed an hour west by car, past exurbs and strip malls and into rolling farmland. A winding road brought him to a set of iron gates and, just down the way, a gymnasium. Inside awaited the man Kobe had crossed the country to see—a man Bryant believed could take his game to the…

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