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New legs, old tricks

Updated: February 21, 2005, 3:02 AM ET
By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine

It started out routinely enough. During introductions Shaq preened and Kobe put on the patented Kobe mask -- jaw jutted, eyes glazed -- when the Denver crowd booed. Both teams snoozed through the first quarter, which looked like a Globetrotters game gone amiss -- players fumbling would-be dunk passes off their fingertips, skywalkers trying to feel each other out.

The game's first dunks belonged to the guys closest to the basket (two Big Fundamental dunks that sandwiched a Shaq slam). The ...

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