Pau Gasol Speaks on Facing Dirk Nowitzki Once Again


Pau Gasol speaks on matching up with Dirk Nowitzki once again on the playing court.

When people debate the greatest European to ever play in the NBA, it usually starts and finishes with two names…

Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol.

Nowitzki came into the league in 1998 where he would spend the next 20 seasons playing for the Dallas Mavericks. Currently sitting as the 6th all-time scorer in NBA history, Nowitzki is in the 30,000 point club with a MVP, Finals MVP, and 13 All-Star Games under his belt.

Gasol came into the league in 2001 where he would spend the majority of his career in Memphis and Los Angeles before spending the last couple of seasons in Chicago and now San Antonio. Gasol is a six-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion from his time in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday night, Nowitzki and Gasol met up again on the same court in Dallas.

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Earlier in the day, Pau Gasol took to his personal Twitter to post this tweet heading into another matchup with Nowitzki.

After the six point win that night against Nowitzki and the Mavs, he had this to say when I asked him about playing Nowitzki once again.

“Its been a lot of fun. Its been a lot of fun to go against Dirk,” Gasol said.

“When I came into the league he was one of the main guys I admired and looked up to and try to measure up against. Competed against in many occasions. Here and internationally with our national teams so it has always been fun and always been a challenge. Always been a good contest.”

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With Gasol at 37 years old and Nowitzki at 39 years old, it was one of the few times this season that both of them matched up well with their opponent across of them.