Every season that passed since his rookie year—1998-99—more and more people have whispered about similarities in their games.
Nowadays, Dirk Nowitzki is constantly being compared to Larry Bird.
And that's not a bad thing—being compared to an NBA Hall of Famer is infinitely better than a Shawn Bradley comparison.
It's bound to be tough to get out of bed most mornings when you're labeled as "The next Shawn Bradley."
The only similarities between Dirk and Bradley are that they are both German.
Okay, Bradley played for the Mavericks too. But that was those Mavericks. Doesn't count.
Now that Dirk has his first NBA Championship—to Bird's three—one key point of argument has been deleted from the great "Who's better: Dirk or Bird?" debates.
When Nowitzki's career is over the comparison to Bird might be so close that the debate would have to be settled by a game of rock-paper-scissors.
Statistically at least, now is a great time to settle the debate—since Nowitzki has now been in the league for 13 seasons, the same amount of time that Bird was.