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Bryant, Nowitzki remain connected

Perennial All-Stars share much in common though on-court team success varies widely

Updated: March 31, 2011, 1:50 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- They're an unlikely duo.

One is a 7-foot German who left Europe to come to America to play pro basketball.

One is a 6-6 African-American who left the U.S. when he was a kid to go to Europe so his dad could keep playing pro basketball.

One is considered one of the top shooters in NBA history. The other is considered one of the league's top scorers.

No matter the parallels, the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant remain ...

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