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Coach: Nowitzki among 10 best ever

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08:06 AM ET 05.10 | Still without a title, Dirk Nowitzki has helped drive his team in that direction. Nowitzki's legacy as an all-time great is also gaining momentum. "In my opinion, he's a top 10 player in NBA history because of the uniqueness of his game and how he's carried this franchise on his back for over a decade," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN First Take on Monday. ... Sure, Nowitzki has been the league MVP (2006-07), and he's been the one constant on the floor during the Mavericks' run of 11 consecutive 50-win seasons. Only the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics (1959-1968), the Magic Johnson-led Lakers (1980-91) and the Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs (2000-present) have had comparable runs. Those teams, however, won championships.

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May 10, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Good for the Dirksta.

May 10, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Only if he could have got the ring in 06 and possibly another this year....But then again he do consider guys like Malone, Stockton, Barkley, and Ewing to be great.

May 10, 2011  08:31 AM ET

10 best what?

May 10, 2011  08:35 AM ET

jordan, magic, wilt, kareem, kobe, shaq, bird, russell, duncan, olajuwon thats ten in no specific order and he is no way better than any of these guys

Hell he aint better than D Rob, ewing, malone, stockton, isiah, barkley, moses, garnett, pippen, west

Thats another ten. and i can keep going

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May 10, 2011  08:51 AM ET
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There is no doubt he is a top 5 sf of all time....

Damn top 5 at sf AND pf...Thats not to bad....

May 10, 2011  08:54 AM ET

You're good but not that good, Bro.

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May 10, 2011  08:57 AM ET

I say he is in the top 10 shooter list, nothing else

May 10, 2011  09:00 AM ET

Maybe they're talkin about a top 10 PF or something. Even then, i'm not so sure.......

May 10, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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I respectfully disagree. The guy is good, but he's not in top 5 of all time conversation.

I think he is def top 5 all time at pf....

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May 10, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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You're good but not that good, Bro.

How did LA do against him again. bro.....

 
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