Does soccer training build basketball skills?
Probably more so than blocking and tackling. Billy Witz has the story in the New York Times:
[W]ith the league continuing to gain a more international flavor, fans do not have to know the difference between a free throw and a free kick to see soccer’s influence on basketball.
“When you grow up playing soccer, you obviously carry that over to other sports,” said Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who lived in Italy from age 6 through 13. “I think it has helped me tremendously.”
There’s much more in the story, and it does make sense.