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Guess who Kobe's talking about: "I don't think I've ever seen a player really at any level in any sport play ..." "I don't think I've ever seen a player really at any level in any sport play at such a high level of efficiency. He's just been phenomenal." Bryant was praising Barcelona's Lionel Messi. "The year that Messi is having is just off the charts." Sulia

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To most basketball fans this is a picture of Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle posing with his opposite number for tonight's game, Barcelona's head coach Xavi Pascual. But NBA.com have mistaken Pascual, who has led Barcelona to the Euroleague title in 2010 as well as a Final Four appearance in 2012 as a fan posing with the 2011 NBA title winning coach. From NBA.com: "Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks poses for a portrait with a fan during practice at Palau Blaugrana during NBA Europe Live 2012 on October 8, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain." TalkBasket

This, of course, was followed by Spanish media members with questions about whether Nowitzki would consider finishing his career in Barcelona. “As of now, I still got two years under contract in Dallas and then I’ll be 36,’’ he said. “We’ll have to wait and see. If it’s still fun, if I’m still good enough for the NBA, maybe there’s a chance. “But if 82 or 100 games is too much and I want a little less, I could go to Europe and play 30 or 40 games. All that is a possibility, but as of now, I don’t actually see a chance.’’ Dallas Morning News

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Dirk Nowitzki considered the Dallas Mavericks' trip to play in his native Germany "a dream come true." As the Mavericks prepared to hop on their team jet for a 14-hour flight to Berlin, Nowitzki admitted that he was excited to head overseas. The star forward also said he needs about 100 tickets for friends and family to attend Saturday's exhibition game against Alba Berlin, which sold out in less than an hour. "That's not bad for having never played in Germany," Nowitzki said. "I told the NBA, for all the crap I've been doing for them for 14 years, they better hook me up with a bunch of tickets." Those aren't the only tickets Nowitzki wants during the Mavs' European journey. The part of the trip he might be looking forward to the most will occur after the Mavs' arrival in Barcelona on Sunday, when he plans to attend "El Clasico," the twice-annual match between soccer superpowers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. ESPN.com

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Kobe Bryant has jokingly suggested an exchange deal between LA Lakers and Barcelona involving himself and Lionel Messi. The NBA superstar travelled to Europe this week to shoot a commercial for Turkish Airlines together with the Argentina international, and he would be happy to trade places with the 25-year-old for a week. "It would be fun if I spent one week with Barcelona and Messi played one week with the Lakers," Bryant told reporters. "What the commercial will be like? Probably Messi will play football and I will play basketball..." Goal.com

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