Kobe Says Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol Are Best Foreign NBA Players Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_69203" align="alignright" width="300"] Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor[/caption] Kobe's recent interview while in Brazil to enjoy some [caption id="attachment_69203" align="alignright" width="300"] Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor[/caption] Kobe's recent interview while in Brazil to enjoy some Rating:
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Kobe Says Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol Are Best Foreign NBA Players

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Kobe’s recent interview while in Brazil to enjoy some soccer has given us a few good tidbits. First, Bryant talked about consulting David Beckham for Achilles recovery, and also mentioned that he believes the Lakers need to get younger to be successful. But another interesting bit of information was shared, as Kobe talked about who he believes the best ever foreign-born NBA players are.

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To the surprise of very few, Bryant included his teammate since 2008, Pau Gasol, on his list. But Pau wasn’t the only player mentioned by Kobe.

Here’s Bryant’s list of top foreign players, courtesy of Basketeria (h/t Bleacher Report);

Dirk Nowitzki is the best foreign player of all time, period. After him, I have to put my companion on the list, Pau (Gasol). Pau has always been one of the best, one of the most skilled I’ve ever seen. And then, perhaps Manu (Ginobili). And then, you know, there’s Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Arvydas Sabonis. I’m sure I’m forgetting many, but these are the ones that come to mind. And Tony Parker.

I’m not sure many will argue with Bryant’s assertion that Dirk is the best NBA player to be born outside of the United States. Dirk was NBA Finals MVP back in 2011, leading his Mavericks to the franchise’s first championship. Gasol was obviously a key cog in the Lakers’ back-to-back championships in 2009 and 10, but didn’t bring home the Bill Russell hardware.

Dirk and Tony Parker are the only two foreign-born players to win NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.


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  • 3339

    Pau Gasol has been an incredible player for us. Seeing the way that fool dantoni was using him last year was very frustrating for us fans and disrespectful to Gasol’s championship caliber game. dantoni is holding the Lakers back from greatness.

  • Derringer Duo

    Thank you, Kobe. I think that people need to be reminded about how great Dirk is. Throughout all the Maverick rotations, it was Dirk that was the centerpiece for 11 straight years of playoff appearances, 2 Finals trips and a championship. I honestly believe he should be a 2x champ but the refs screwed the Mavs in 2006 against the Heat. I still think Dirk has another 4-5 years of high production due to his playing style and low amount of injuries throughout his career. If the Mavs can use their cap space to surround him 3 Max Contracts, like Cuban says they’ll have room for, he can go out a 2 or 3 time champion. Dirk can and has beaten The Heat and is the only one to ever outperform Lebron in the Miami era.

  • Ya Boii Tolley

    Look.. I agree on Dirk but hecks nooo on Pau G. bein second pick… NOOOOOO he’s not better than TP, EG or VD hecks nooo!!! get it right kobe

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