Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  58 responses

Kobe Bryant: Dirk Nowitzki’s Fadeaway is ‘Ugly’

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Dirk Nowitzki’s trademark one-legged fadeaway isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but it sure is effective. In fact, it’s so good, that fellow NBA superstars have begun to slowly incorporate it into their own offensive arsenals.

Kobe Bryant was in a happy mood following the Lakers’ tough win in Dallas last night, and expanded on just how ugly Nowitzki’s signature shot is.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Standing in the visiting locker room at American Airlines Center, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, who was held to 15 points on 4-of-15 shooting, was asked about a comment he made regarding his fadeaway jumper being “sexier” than the one belonging to Dirk Nowitzki. “He knows it’s true,” Bryant said with a smile.

“His shot’s ugly. It is. It looks terrible. Anybody in Dallas that says Dirk has a pretty fadeaway is lying through their teeth. It just looks disgusting. “But it’s extremely effective.”

Bryant voiced the original comment to the TNT broadcast team in the middle of a game against Portland on Monday night. “Dirk does it well, I do it better,” Bryant said after attempting the fadeaway. “Mine’s a little sexier.”

I’m not sure who shoots the “sexier” one-legged fadeaway between Kobe and Dirk, but I can tell you what is truly the ugliest thing we witnessed last night: the Lakers/Mavericks game.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    it went in in last years playoofs, so who cares if it’s ugly

  • Stainless

    that’s a scrap

  • Justin G.

    Who cares if it’s ugly? It’s unstoppable

  • bull22

    he jus sayiiiin its UGLY…get off his nuts ((im not bull22)) <-fix that slam-make us lazy folks login

  • Pais

    Always been a fan of the Mamba but 4-15 with 7 turnovers is ugly (looking at you Mr. Bryant). Do note everyone, he does also admit that Dirks fadeaway “it’s extremely effective” so lets not get too crazy with the hate. Admitedly though Bryant needs to be careful as we all know Dirk is like the Richard Simmons of yoga.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden


  • timboslice

    ugly enough to sweep kobes “sexier” lakers last year

  • Paul H

    Kobe was just jesting. This means nothing.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    Rasheed and MJ have the best fadeaways

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Lots of ugly things about that game last night.
    - Ason Kidd not able to sink wide open 3′s.
    - Jason Terry unable to make effective plays or drive and dish when his jumper failed him.
    - both teams missing TEN freethrows in the last few mins of the game (Haywood, Dirk, Snakey, Gasol & Barnes) ridiculous.
    - Carlysle not calling his last timeout after Barnes hit those FT’s for a 4pt lead. Then watching Terry heave a desperation 3 in a futile attempt at being the hero.
    - Mavs 4th quarter execution and subs
    And finally: Lamar (the softie) missing the game for ‘personal reasons. (jeeezus, get over it already and do your job)
    The aesthetics of Dirk’s jumper as judged by the Mambiatch (nice shooting, btw) are the least of Dallas and their fans worries.

  • marc

    lmfaooo mambiatch

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    LOL Dark…so true

  • Riggs

    umm how can yours be better when dirks is unstoppable? you make no sense bean.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    its not how it looks going up, its how it looks going through the net

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Wonder what would have insued if The King had said that.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • DerekG

    Kobe seems to be kidding here guys! I know we aren’t accustomed to seeing the lighter side of the Mamba but there is one. @ The Philosopher…if The Prince had said it people would’ve killed him with more jokes about how he choked in the finals last year!

  • bigA

    Kidding me? Dirks jumper is pure sexiness!

  • Baby Shaq

    Who cares if its ugly. The only reason Kobe said that was because Dirk put one in his eye.

  • Hulahula

    Kareem hookshot
    Dirk one leg fadeaway
    Top three best move ive ever seen in nba,imo

  • bigA

    F that! Dirks jumper is pure sexiness!

  • bigA

    F that! Dirks jumper is pure sexiness!


    Kobe tries to copy M.J. badly so that shot really aint his , at least Dirk got his own shot + Lakers got swept last year & i dont see them going anywhere but changin the stadium coz the Clipps will own Kobe this year. Money’s fadaway was organic sweetness .

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    You are absolutely right. The masses would have crucified The King. They would have tried to, anyway.
    The reason?
    Because, unlike Bean, The King is too big of a personality. Too big of a player in the game. His words carry more weight.
    If The King says anything that can be negatively construed, it is like the sky is falling. For, the masses do not want to see The King in an unflattering light.
    Kobe, well, we have grown accustomed to seeing him in a negative light through the years. lol

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Tims bank shot is sofia vergara in a bikini

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kobe, don’t ever talk sh*t again after you have a miserable night like that. Keep feeding the bigs if your going to shoot sub 45% all year. Common fella.

  • bike

    Joakim Noah lays claim to the ugliest jumper in the league.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Kevin Durant looks sooo smooth shooting that one-legged Dirk shot.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’ll tell you who had the ugliest shot of all time.
    Charles “Bo” Outlaw.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Shawn Marion’s shot is horrendous…

  • Riggs

    Shawn Marion and Joakim Noah, two of the ugliest shots in the league.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Tony Allen’s up there too. He makes Rondo look like Craig Hodges!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Matt Bonner the Red Rocket has a pretty hideous jumper too. Kobe was making a joke, but Dirks jumper can be ugly at times that’s just a fact. He’s not saying he’s not a great shooter, or that he’s a better shooter than Dirk. He’s just saying that Dirks jumper looks ugly compared to his. If that was MJ saying his 3 point shot looks better than Reggie Millers everyone would agree and move on.

  • bike

    David Thompson had the most beautiful jump shot of all time.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wesley Person.

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Forget about the one-legged fadeaway when will Marion get credit for being the most versatile defender in the league smh he locked Kobe up last night.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Alan Houston’s shot was pretty, too.
    You know who else? Y’all are not going to believe this…
    Wayman Tisdale.

  • Jones

    I like the way the “fade away” looks. Kobe is just jealous because other have began to duplicate Dirks moves and Kobe can’t stand it.!!!! Kobe is such a baby. Dirk is sexier, jealous babies are not sexy at all. GO DIRK!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    No Kevin Martin shoutout?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Anthony Mason

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Manute Bol. (RIP)
    Chris Dudley.
    Bill Cartwright.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Rick Barry..well for free throws

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Peja’s shot is also unorthodox, but it’s money.

  • MikeC.

    Larry Bird actually had a pretty icky jumpshot on release, but can’t argue with the sexy results. Sexy.

  • Heals

    Joking or not, Kob shouldn’t be talking. His notorious under-bite/”gopher growl” is the epitome of ugly…

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    shoutout to Michael Adams!!

  • SonnyB

    aight, enough abt that fadeaway nonsense… let’s talk about linsanity! lol!

  • robb

    Dirk is ugly period.

  • klajsdf

    you win one and you think its unstopable.. gtfo

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    George Gervin’s finger rolls where as smooth as eggs! And Ray Allen’s jumper is nice too! But the person I think that has the ugliest shot, is on Dallas but its not Dirk its Shawn Marion.

  • SikhWitIt

    Dirk’s jumper is beautiful. High release point, fingers loose on the release, consistent, nice back spin, elbow at the perfect angle and lined up with the basket. His jumper is more fundamentally sound than Kobe’s has ever been.

  • robb

    yeah but… is it sexy??

  • RyandC

    How can you all talk sexy without mentioning Sam I Am?! Sam Cassell plays all 48minutes with Jackie Moon singing in his head

  • Paul H

    Serious homoerotic overtones on this post. A whole bunch of guys debating the “sexiness” of another mans limp wrist.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    SLAM just overblown this story, he said it jokingly with a smile to the commentaters when they were talking about how Kobe just did his own version of the fade the very same possetion

  • Josh

    I’m not a Dallas fan but love dirk and personally think his fadeaway is damn fine.

  • http://slam zuzuzu

    Why do you people constantly criticize Kobe?
    Do you guys think you’re in a position to criticize a consensus top 10 all time player? You’re not professional analysts.
    Go back to your day job losers.

  • gene wilt

    Kobe’s game ALL AROUND is smoother than Dirk’s!! Like he said “Dirk’s fade is effective.” BUT Kobe’s is Mike inspired!! That’s why Kobe’s been my favorite player since Jordan retired! It’s the closest we have to the GREATEST of ALL TIME!!