Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Doc Rivers on Dirk Nowitzki: "He's his own bird, is what I love about him. There's not been a Dirk. Ever. There's been a lot of great players in our league, but the great, great players are the ones where you say well there's never been one of those. To me that's Dirk. I don't know, who would you say was a Dirk before Dirk? No one. Now, there's a lot of guys trying to be it and probably ruining their careers trying to do it. Same thing happened with Magic. I thought Magic, in the middle of his career, there was a bunch of 7-footers trying to be guards, none of them made it. They wanted to be like Magic. And I think that's the same thing with Dirk. A lot of guys are – it's growing, the shooting with the bigs is all over the league, but Dirk is a rare bird."