Los Angeles — Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki were born just two months apart in 1978, and they've both been NBA superstars for over a decade.
They've won one league MVP award apiece, and Bryant has only a slight edge in career scoring averages and total All-Star appearances.
Nobody would ever compare Nowitzki with Bryant in the metrics
that matter most, however. In championships, in big-game
performances, Dirk can't match up with Kobe.
After Nowitzki and his Dallas Mavericks thoroughly outplayed
Bryant's Lakers down the stretch in the opening game of their
second-round playoff series, Nowitzki's teammates think this might
be the season their German 7-footer raises his game to fit this
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Staples Center.