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Howard praises tattoo artist who immortalized Kobe's dunk on him

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A tattoo artist's recreation of Kobe Bryant's dunk on Dwight Howard during the big man's rookie season has drawn praise from the Washington Wizards center.

The iconic moment was immortalized in tattoo form by Steve Butcher, who's known for hyper-realistic portraits of athletes.

The tattoo was reposted on NBA on ESPN's Instagram page, prompting this response from Howard:

"I baptized him," Bryant would later say of the dunk. "I turned him into a Defensive Player of the Year."

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