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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  95 responses

Rick Carlisle: ‘Dirk Nowitzki Is the Best Basketball Player on This Planet’


In the rush of excitement over Dirk Nowitzki’s stirring Playoff performances this year, many have understandably gone overboard when attempting to rank Dirk historically. Nowitzki’s coach, Rick Carlisle, goes overboard when assessing the German’s place in today’s game. From SRI (via ESPN radio): “What has changed since they won the NBA Championship: ‘For me the most drastic change was there was kind of this calm for two months and then all of the sudden Mark Cuban was everywhere again. He was in the interview room and he was on TV. I was so happy for him. Him and I had an embrace as the horn went off and I just told him how thrilled I was for him and for all the people, there have been people that have worked for this franchise for 30 years that have waited and waited and labored and tried to sell tickets during cold periods of seven, eight, or nine years. Donnie Nelson and Nellie, they find a way to come up with Dirk Nowitzki and then things started getting better. Then it’s (Steve) Nash and (Michael) Finley and all those guys. Then there’s 2006 and the disappointment of that. The five years between then and now have been up and down and there’s been inconsistency, but this year was defined by a team that really was focused, the acquisition of (Tyson) Chandler made all the difference in the world to us on so many different levels. The season, the success really came down to two things: Resourcefulness and being opportunistic. This was not the most talented team in the playoffs by any stretch, but it was the smartest team, the most together team, the most committed team, and it was a team that was extremely tough. As we’re the only ones left in I can tell you right now two things. We are the toughest team on the planet. The second thing that I know for sure at this moment, Dirk Nowitzki is the best basketball player on this planet.’”

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  • Riggs

    I give dirk all the praise right now but he still isn’t good on defense which makes him great only on one side of the court which doesn’t mean he’s the best basketball player on the planet.

  • ctkennedy

    Goin into next season Dirk HANDS DOWN has to be the best player in the league…..He just went thru Brandon Roy,LaMarcus Aldridge,Gerald Wallace,Kobe Bryant,Lamar Odom,Pau Gasol,Kevin Durant,Russell Westbrook,Chris Bosh,Dwayne Wade,n Lebron James…thats arguably half of the top 25 in the LEAGUE…what else can he do?

  • BAWSE

    No the best player on the planet still resides in LA. SOrry. Bron aint it and Dirk is nice but Kobe is better. Dirk’s defense is atrocious. He is great though.

  • lp

    I wanna object, but i can’t make a legitimate case for anybody else, This is sad….

  • Diesel

    kudos to Dirk… The best player on the best team. As for best player on the planet??? I’d stick to Spoelstra’s postgame word that the the man is the most “indefensible” offensive player in the game today.

  • ctkennedy

    Dirk D aint that bad as people make it out to be…he plays his position …uses his length well…n grabs his share of rebounds(a defenvise of possession aint over until u get the ball back) so that is important

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Comments like thi happen everytime someone wins the chip. See Pierce, Paul (2008), Milicic, Darko (2004).

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Dirk is hands down the best player, he just soundly outdueled the 4 guys who are in the discussion with him: Kobe, Durant, LeBron and Wade… His defense isn’t great but neither is Kobe’s, Durant’s or Wade’s (cheats to much), LeBron is the only one from the group with elite D and we all know what happens with his offensive production when the game is on the line, just like his talents it goes South… Dirk is the best player in the world until somebody goes out and show they are better.

  • AT33

    I would give it to DWade. But as a champ this year I can see that Dirk got the upper hand this time around. In any case, DWade and Dirk should be 1st team All-NBA!!!!!!!!

  • rich

    lebrons still the best player in the nba. ironclad defender who could lock up any position, except when he lost his mind and let terry score at the end of the finals. lebron will prolly finish with 2 or 3 titles, 1 finals mvp but after this he really owes wade and bosh better play

  • sigmaman

    Dude just Kobe and Wade’s defense isn’t great. I wonder if he watches basketball…..

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Yeah he has the right to be called the best for now….I mean weren’t people (mainly Paul Pierce himself) calling Paul Pierce the best player in the world after they won the title?

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    LOl i was just going to say the Paul Pierce thing LOL

  • Luis

    Hmm..so when Detroit became World Champions who was the best player on the planet? Chauncey??? Rip?! Sheed?! Jst give credit where its due,let them celebrate & not take everything they say seriously.

  • lp

    I wouldn’t exactly call Lebron a “player”….. Players play…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Paul Pierce does not approve this message…

  • Playa

    I’m so happy for Dirk; but Slick Rick is on crack….

  • ripslam

    You cannot honestly still call Kobe the best player on the planet. Just no.

  • James cutler

    In what demented universe is dirk not as good as Kobe because he doesn’t play elite defense? Did you even SEE Kobe play defense this year? It was ATROCIOUS. Deshawn lit him up, and then jet completed the sweep because his idea of playing championship d is playing free safety roaming d.

    It’s so sad when casual basketball fans make player evaluations based on reputation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @LZ you just said Kobe’s and D-Wade’s defense aren’t elite. Sure, he lead his team to their first chip but that alone doesn’t make him the best. All the guys you named play better D than Dirk.

  • Red Star

    Kobe! You heard right KOBE!! LAKERS 4 LIFE!!!

  • rich

    just because ur a laker fan doesnt mean u have to think kobe is the best. i dont think kobe does enough things on the court to be the best, neither does dirk. both guys can shoot the lights out, post up and attack the rim but what else? hard to make a case when u got guys like wade lebron durant, and dwight that can affect the game in so many ways

  • rich

    durant was a typo btw he just scores

  • Vince5

    I believe James is the best player because he is much more complete as a player. I mean it’s not because that his finals were really bad that he’s not the best anymore. He had a great season and even better round 1-3 playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I wouldn’t mind “best player on the planet, as of today, when it matters most”. That’s what I’m going to choose to believe he meant and I will agree.

  • Dagger

    Well, Lebron is the best player but there’s no question Dirk is, right now, the guy you want to build your team around if you’re looking for a championship. That’s more important anyway. Ultimately it’s more useful to have a super player who’s dependable than a super duper player who might just bail in the fourth game of the Finals.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    BlackCasper; You are right that they play better D than Dirk (except Durant who is suspect and a worse rebounder). The fact that makes Dirk better – right now, right here – is that he played in series against all those guys and dominated all those series. All those guys had a better secondary guy than Dirk (Pau, Westbrook, James/Wade (+ Bosh) however you look at it)to take the pressure of them but Dirk was still clearly the best and most decisive player in all of those series, very efficient and very very clutch. What does the guy really have to do to be considered the best? LeBron was having a heck of a playoffs up until the Finals but completely wet his pants when it mattered. Remember it is the playoffs where the real ballers come out and there was no better baller than Dirk this postseason – it wasn’t even close. Hence him having No. 1 status in my book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Ok, Dirk was definitely the best player in the L during this postseason.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Championships really make some people delusional don’t they? I cannot stand LeBron but he is the best player on the planet. I’d argue that Wade, Rose, and Dwight are also currently better than Dirkus. 5th feels about right.

  • Glenroy

    Isn’t it funny how a year ago everyone was singing praises to Pau Gasol as the best big man etc etc?
    Dirk wasn’t even considered.

    How soon we forget!

  • toinefan88

    Dirk is great but he is only the 2nd best player in the league. Paul Pierce is the best.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Bron is still the best…you know you’re the best in the league when you get a triple double and people are pissed about it and saying he choked. I honestly think he did choke, but he’s so good that him choking can still result in a triple double.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    *Charles Barkley voice*
    *Lebrooon James, is the best choker ON the PLANET!*

    Dwight NO1!

  • A2

    For real, no love for CP3? Oh, how soon we forget. Check out his PER for the season and the 6 game hurting he put on the Lakers. I’m telling you, when CP3 decides to switch teams, that will decide the next NBA chip.

  • HAMMER

    Dirk 4 sure isn’t the best b-ball player on the planet. But…he did play like he was the best b-ball player on the planet.

  • Jono

    Dirk is the best scoring big man on planet earth right now. I guess that is what we can agree on?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @A2 I see you, if he gets healthy 100% he might be right up there.
    CP3+Dwight = Chips

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Why do we get so hung up on labels and comparisons? Just enjoy the way a player plays the game. The definition of what makes a player “The Best” is varies from person to person.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I don’t know about all this who’s thebest stuff, but I do know that Ian Mahinmi was the MVP of the last 2 seconds of the 3rd quarter in game 6…

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Cosign dfrance
    I mean it’s Carlisle that started the discussion but it’s not needed.
    There are so many grat players out there that play the game at an insane level with their very own style that it’s just not posible to compare them.
    Right now Dirk, J Kidd, J Terry,…are the champs and that is all that matters till next year.
    I hope the offseason isn’t to long because these discussions will be boring as hell.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^
    We got Deshawn to keep us busy in the off-season.. :)

  • booosssss

    This man is not even better then derrick rose or lebron james will see if hes still gonna be hungry for another ring next year doubt it

  • B.C.

    Taking it too far, Kobe is still the best player on the planet. Dirk can’t play defense to save his life, Kobe can do both.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I forgot Max. :-)

  • 4right

    B.C. What game and what year (199-) dig Kobe play good defense?

  • hiphopcop

    Deshawn Stevenson is the best basketball player on this planet, oh yes, he is.

  • Rainman

    ppl saying Kobe, ar ejsut saying so based on his rep.

    Ppl that say LeBron…yeha he’s a great regular SEASON player, he’ll get his stats.

    But Dirk is probably top 3, (and the dude that said pau was at all better…SERIOUSLY?)

    Best player on the planet? maybe not, depends who u ask. Top 3, easily top 5.

  • http://www.zackdiliberto.com Zack D

    I can’t see how anyone can say Dirk is not the best player at the moment. I think he proved it throughout the playoffs. Clutch shots virtually every 4th quarter. He led his team and dominated the way MJ, Bird, Kobe, etc. have in the past. Personally, I think Kobe has been the best player over the past 5 years – not Lebron. But Kobe is banged up a lot these days and time will tell if he gets back to his old self. As far as Lebron, people call him “the most talented” player in the game. But to me, if he’s gonna be THE MAN in this league, he has to work on his game a bit… just like Dirk did the past few. Lebron needs to get a better low post game, which he is big and strong enough to do. He also needs to get better without the ball. He tends to disappear without the ball. Clutch players need a pet shot when the game is on the line. He doesn’t have that presently. He relies on 3′s an athleticism. It didn’t work this Finals.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Why does there have to be a best player. Everyone honestly looks neck to neck. I see no player head and shoulders above everyone else. Each player in discussion had games in playoffs where they just flat went off like Kobe against Dallas in game 1 and in games against Hornets,Wade in finals, Lebron in eastern conference playoffs, KD, and Dirk. However, I think a healthy Kobe is the best. OAN…kobe looked awful on D because he has a f*cked up knee. It wasn’t because he was 32. Kobe still had one of his best seasons individually and efficiently which is weird because it didn’t look like it.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Dirk is the best player in the L right now, or at least he was for the past two months. The top 5 when all are fully healthy looks something like Dirk, LeBron, Howard, Paul and Wade.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Oh, and Caboose, there is no way Rose is currently better than Dirk. They played against the Heat one after another, didn’t you catch that? Dirk is the single biggest mis-match in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    okdirk is not the best.. wayno is absolutely right.. and dirk plays decent defense but lebron is far better defensively. and a better passer by far. the only thing dirk has on lebron is a better offensive arsenal.. and clutchness doesn’t necessairly mean your better it just means your clutch. robert horry is clutch but that doesnt mean he’s a great player. and kobe can’t be in the discussion anymore he’s past his prime AND injured. his knees barely work.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LeBron was inarguably the best player in the league leading up to the finals. Holy Alzheimer’s do you people really forget stuff that happened 3 weeks ago? Dirk is probably the best offensive player in the NBA, probably. But best player overall? That’s still LeBron, despite his troubles against ONE team.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    statistically though… a case could be made for the homie cp3 INCREDIBLE all around game..passing,defense, varied and efficient arsenal..stop sleeping chris paul is NICE. and wade has to be considered top 5 as well..in this series wade was almost as nice as dirk.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    cosign nbk

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Inarguable to who? You? TrueHoops post season MVP was Dirk and Bron about 60/40 I believe going into the Finals. Dirk was torching OKC and people were saying he might be the best in the league then. Like I said, for the past two months (looking at it altogether) Dirk was the best player.

  • Conoro

    The guy who said that James’ D is better than Kobe’s and Wade’s needs to find a new damned sport to watch. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    CP3 was the best player in the post season whilst he was playing, but he wasn’t playing long enough.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    “You are now rocking with the best!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You can’t be the best player in the league if you don’t play D or rebound with some volume as a 7 footer. That’s ridiculous. BUT….He was the best player in the playoffs….no doubt.

  • Kid Viscious

    Um well the Best player on the planet resides on the bench of the Charlotte Bobcats bench… I don’t think he needs an introduction we all wear his shoes as a fashion statement and not as hoop shoes *cough cough* Kobe’s and Lebrons

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kobe. Maybe he’s not the youngest, most athletic, but he is the most skilled. I’ll put me money on Kobe every day and twice monday through saturday.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    AllBall MVP and Best are different. If you can’t see that Dirk is not even a good defender then what’s the point of this conversation? I Hate that people rate players overall on offensive skill, basketball is not football, you don’t run off the court for defense. LeBron played bad against ONE team, ONE, against a great defender, with great veteran help all around (defense is a team effort first, which is why Dallas did what they did to the best scorers (plural) in the league). I am not making excuses for how horrid LeBron was, especially in 4th quarters, but does that make me forget the rest of the playoffs, the season, the last 8 years? No. 6 games has really screwed all of your perceptions up this bad? 6 games? whether its finals or not, a game is a game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe hasn’t really been in the conversation as best player since 08, realistically. Individuals get too much credit for Championships.

  • Cole

    Maybe the best pure shooter, alongside Ray Allen. But best player? Have you seen him play defense?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Kobe has gotten way too slow on D to be considered anywhere near an elite defender anymore. LBJ was an absolute terror on D throughout the playoffs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’ll still put my money on Kobe Bryant if I know he’s healthy.

  • JoeMaMa

    Best – definition: “of the highest quality, excellence, or standing”. Based on his performance, Dirk is the best.

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Scoring Dirk is top 3 in the league with Durant and Carmelo. But in all-around game you have to put LeBron in there along with d-wade and a healthy Chris Paul (as illustrated during the playoffs when he was back to his normal self).

  • Karley

    Dirk on offense is my all time fav but he is running up the floor before even looking for a rebound. He needs desire on defense and not just a will to score.. Not as good as MJ, wait did Pippen say Dirk was yet?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Dirk is not the best player in NBA, only a DUMMY would believe that. People are so prisoner of the moment when a player plays well for a stretch. What happen last year Dirk, 5 years ago Dirk. The thing is Dirk did beat the other good teams in West, but Jason Terry, JJ Barea, Jason Kidd, especially Tyson Chandler defense played a HUGE ROLE in Dirk getting a ring. Next year when Dallas and Dirk FLAME out people will change their tune on him. Dallas is a TEAM and thats why they won, not because DIRK is best player on planet. Last year Dirk doesn’t make SLam TOP 15 players in NBA, now people got him at TOP 5 in NBA. WHAT IS AMERICA COMING TOO. BOOK IT!!

  • Kevin Jackson

    SACRELEDGE!!!! THERE IS NO PLAYER NONE,ZIP,ZERO,NATHA PLAYER IN THIS CURRENT NBA CROWD BETTER THAN KOBE BRYANT!!! PEOPLE ARE GETTING AMNESIA BECAUSE THE LAKERS GOT SWEPT!!! LOGIC PEOPLE LOGIC DOES A FOUR GAME SWEEP OF A TEAM THAT’S WON 16 TITLES NEGATE ALL THAT TEAM HAS ACCOMPLISHED???? DOES IT NEGATE THE GREATNESS OF KOBE BRYANT??

    DIRK IS A GREAT PLAYER BUT, HE IS NOWHERE NEAR THE COMPLETE PLAYER THAT KOBE BRYANT IS! AND EVEN THOUGH KOBE DOESNT MAKE ANY EXCUSES FOR HIS INJURIES A SWOLLEN FOOT,A BROKEN FINGER,KNEE ISSUES DOES AFFECT HIS PLAYING ABILITY!!! SECONDLY KOBE DID NOT COST THE LAKERS THE SERIES AGAINST DALLAS,HIS TEAM QUIT ON HIM,THERE WERE THOSE WHO COMPLAINED THAT KOBE WASNT GETTING HIS TEAMMATES INVOLVED WITH THE SCORING YET IF YOU REVISIT THAT SERIES THE CLOSET THEY EVER SCORED ON DALLAS WAS WHEN KOBE DOMINATED THE ROCK!!! THEY ONLY LOST BY 2 POINTS THEN WHAT HAPPENDED???

    KOBE STARTED TO GET HIS TEAMMATES INVOLVED AND WHAT DID THEY DO OVER THE NEXT 3 GAMES? THEY COULD HIT THE BROAD SIDE OF A BARN,PAU GASOL WAS ON SLEEPING PILLS BEAR IN MIND THIS WAS THE SAME LAKERS TEAM THAT BEAT DALLAS TWICE IN THE REGULAR SEASON,THE SAME LAKER TEAM THAT RAN OFF A 17 GAME WIN STREAK AFTER THE ALL STAR BREAK,THE SAME LAKER TEAM THAT TIED THE DALLAS MAVERICKS FOR SECOND BEST RECORD IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE,THE SAME LAKER TEAM THAT AT ONE POINT IN 2 OF THE GAMES THEY PLAYED,WAS UP ON DALLAS BY DOUBLE DIGIT LEADS!!!

    PLEASE THIS IS MADNESS KOBE WILL HEAL OVER THE SUMMER HE WILL BE PRACTICING…..SOMETHING HE ADMITTED HE DIDNT DO BECAUSE OF HIS KNEE LAST SEASON SO I THINK IT IS WAY PAST PREMATURE FOR PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THE LAKERS ARE DONE THEY ARE NOT!!!! AND AS FAR AS THE AGE ISSUE THERE ARE PLAYERS ON THE MAVERICKS WHO ARE MUCH OLDER THAN PLAYERS ON THE LAKERS ROSTER……THINK PEOPLE GO BACK AND WATCH YOUTUBE OVER KOBE’S CAREER AND THEN STOP SMOKING THAT PIPE,IT WILL DISTORT REALITY

    EVEN DIRK NOWITSKI SAID THAT WHENEVER HE GETS THE CAHNCE AND HE KNOWS KOBE BRYANT IS PLAYING HE WATCHES KOBE BRYANT!!! AS A MATTER OF FACT HE SAID WHEN KOBE IS PLAYING HE TELLS ANYONE AROUND HIM TO LEAVE HIM ALONE IT’S KOBE TIME!!

    NOW LETS ANALYZE THE GAMES FOR A MOMENT….ARE YOU SERIOUS? DIRK HAS THE LOW POST MOVE KOBE BRYANT HAS?? DIRK PLAYS THE DEFENSE KOBE BRYANT DOES? DIRK HAS THE ATHLETICISM KOBE BRYANT HAS (DIRK DOESNT HAVE KOBE BRYANTS ATHLETICISM EVEN WITH BRYANTS BAD KNEE) DIRK HAS KOBES 5 RINGS?

    SOMETIMES I THINK PEOPLE JUST GET ON POST AND SAY THINGS WITHOUT EVEN THINKING!!! MJ SAID ON 2 OCCASIONS AND I QUOTE”KOBE BRYANT IS THE BEST ALL AROUND PLAYER OF THIS GENERATION PERIOD!!! AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK LEBRON IS BETTER,UNTILLEBRON JAMES GETS A LOW POST GAME,A MEDIUM GAME,HEART AND KILLER INSTINCT,NOT ONLY IS HE “NOT” MICHAEL JORDAN…HE’S “NOT” KOBE BRYANT LEBRONS GAME IS THE LONG BALL AND THE DUNK, THER IS NO PLAYER IN THIS LEAGUE THAT HAS AS MANY LOW POST MOVES AS KOBE BRYANT!

  • j smith

    Carmelo is the best player and most clutch. I would have Melo over Lebron, Kobe, and Dirk.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I didn’t bother reading most of Kevin’s comment because it looks like it hurt while he typed it.

  • Josh

    I give Diggler props for having a great playoff run. I give him props for beating up on some pretty good teams and some pretty great players during that run. I do not, in any way shape or form, think he should be considered the best basketball player on the planet. Kobe, Bron, Wade, Durant (at least) before Disco. Come on Jim Carrey, you’re better than that.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    He was the best player on the best team. So for this NBA season, technically he is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ KB8

    Rick Carlisle: drunk.

  • http://yahoo.com sam

    that statement was only made due ecstacy for being this year’s NBA Champions.Carlisle is correct Dirk is the best player on the planet BUT ONLY TODAY, because there are great all around players before him,MICHAEL JORDAN, LARRY BIRD,MAGIC JOHNSON, ETC.The dclaration is understandible because coach carlisle reach the dream of every coach.TO BECOME COACH OF A CHAMPION TEAM.I noticed, he is different from Phil Jackson, who coach the Chicago Bulls who dominated the NBA in the 90′s but has never give appreciating statements to the greatest player of all time!maybe he is the same with SCOTCH BRITE PIPPEN, who did not appreciate his 6 rings and championship trophy achieved because of great plays of that great player beside him.thanks also to the owner of that team who considered their championship trophy as a TRASH.KUDOS to Coach Ric Carlisle and his Mavs.

  • Demirci

    Rick Carlisle: correct.

  • Ronald

    His D is pretty atrocious. His weakside help defense consists of him shoving the guy dunking in the mid-section. But his offense and “clutchness” during this post season has elevated him to the Debatable Best Active Player Right Now status. All the other players have serious flaws too.

  • al

    no.
    jordan….,
    is still the best player on the planet,
    just tell him different and he will still bring anybody back to earth while using naysayers as motivation

  • Clintstrong

    Dirk really…might as well say Nash is the best pg of all time while your at it

  • Clintstrong

    Dirk aka Bob Mcadoo

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    YAWN! Are we still having the same tiresome debates? Due to Bron’s bad finals and Dirk’s inability to play defense and rebound at a high rate means there’s no clear cut best player at this very moment.

  • Jay Reyes

    Dirk was the best player during the Finals of this season. may not be the best player on the planet… but definitely deserving of the Finals MVP award.

  • Dagger

    Did someone say Wade’s defence was better than Lebron’s? The same Wade who was being hidden against Marion in the Finals? The same Wade who deferred to Bron when it came to guarding Pierce, or Rose? Really?

  • Jay Reyes

    Rick Carlisle = Jim Carrey

  • rikson

    My god, can we give dirk some love..?! I mean, what is the guy supposed to do… crazy! And please stop the LBJ best player talk… Yeah he gets his stats, and Ill admit he is a GREAT passer but the rest comes mainly from his frame and athletic ability. I mean look at his drives, he is not faking his defender hes is basically driving through him! The missin skillset is what makes it hard for him to score once the defense tightens up in the finals. That said, once the king puts in more effort during the postseason he could easily be the best!

  • rikson

    Best player: CP3

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Shut up everybody, it’s Scalabrine.

  • bike

    Dirk might be the best but Kwame Brown has the most upside.

  • Jared

    this is a sad state for the american b-ball player. the best player in the league is a white guy from germany named Dirk Nowitzki.
    his defense is pretty freakin good considering he doesnt play the pf position much like tim duncan. duncan cant do all the things dirk does anyhow, so dirk is both the best player in the league, and the best “power forward” just because hes listed as such.

  • Jared

    This is a sad state for the american b-ball player. the best player in the league is a white guy from germany named Dirk Nowitzki.
    his defense is pretty freakin good considering he doesnt play the pf position much like tim duncan. duncan cant do all the things dirk does anyhow, so dirk is both the best player in the league, and the best “power forward” just because hes listed as such.

    in 06 dirk had no help and got to the finals which he surprisingly almost won. the refs helped wade out with that one.

    lets compare dirk and kobe. in 06. they both had the same amount of help, which was barely any, but kobe barely made the playoffs, and lost to steve nash in the first round, and the next year with the same team didnt make the playoffs? during those two years (06 and 07) dirk, with the SAME amount of help, lost in the finals and shouldve won, and the next year led dallas to the 1 seed but played a team (golden state) that had his former coach on the sideline. wouldnt that help golden state out there??? duhhhhh! dirk > kobe
    both very good, but dirk is better

  • angel

    listen guys as far as i’m concerned, the best basketball player in the world means the best right now, so kobe is not in the debate, he has done nothing that proves that he is still the best, career wise he is the best but right now, no. people are talking about the fact that dirk is an excellent offensive player but a bad defensive player, but at the end of the day, dirk vs lebron who won the battle? lebron throughout his career has proven to be a freak stats wise, but in the playoffs dirk has outmatched him stats wise, you can’t just say that lebron is a better player cause he is better defender, as the matter of fact where was lebron’s incredible defense in the finals? he is not even that good of a defender he couldn’t even guard jason terry. at the end of this season dirk nowitzki proves that he is simply the best basketball player in the world bar none and at my eyes he is the most uncoverable player right now and of all time.

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