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Who did Kris Dunn, Klay Thompson and others pretend to be as kids for that last-second shot from the driveway?

Before players reach the NBA, they’re dreamers too.

So whom did they pretend to be as kids while taking — and obviously making — the last-second shot on the driveway to win the make-believe Game 7 of the NBA Finals?

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg

“I was Jeff Grayer. In Iowa, you don’t have any pro sports franchises, so it’s all about the university that you grow up watching. Growing up in Ames and being a huge fan of Iowa State, the Jeff Hornaceks, the Jeff Grayers, those kinds of guys were my heroes. I always wanted to be like Jeff, the all-time leading scorer at the university.”

Bulls guard Jerian Grant

“Early on, it was Rod Strickland for sure. My dad (former NBA player Harvey Grant) played with Rod Strickland, and I was him, falling all over the place, going to the basket, making no-look passes. As I got older, I wanted to be Tracy McGrady. He had that hesitation pull-up that was nice. And Rod Strickland had a pretty flashy game too. My dad’s and my uncle’s (Horace Grant) game, you kind of knew what they were going to do.”

Bulls guard Kris Dunn

“Kobe (Bryant), for sure. He always took the last shot. I want the last shot. Everybody in the gym knew he was going to take the last shot. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

Warriors guard Klay Thompson

“I just wanted to follow in my dad’s (former NBA player Mychal Thompson) footsteps. He’d always rebound for me and play me one-on-one until I beat him when I was 15. But my dad’s game was too boring to emulate. He’d go straight to the block and shoot a jump hook or something. I’d watch tapes of his fundamentals and take stuff away from him. Pump fakes and footwork, he had that down to a T. But then I’d try to be Allen Iverson or Kobe. I always wanted to be Kobe. I also wanted to shoot like Ray Allen and Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin. I played a lot of point guard as well, but I knew my calling card was shooting.”

Bulls broadcaster Bill Wennington, who grew up in Canada

“We had driveways there. But in the driveway I was (Canadiens stars) Pete Mahovlich and Ken Dryden. I was playing hockey. I didn’t really play pickup basketball until I got to the States. I’d play in high school but only when the season was on. Then I’d go play hockey.”

kcjohnson@chicagotribune.com

Twitter @kcjhoop

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