Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has great admiration for Kobe Bryant.
"To me, he's the number one player over the 15 years I've been in the league," said Nowitzki to Grantland's Zach Lowe.
"I was always a huge fan of Kobe," Nowitzki said. "Obviously, he's now on the declining end, like most of us older guys, but the stuff he does ... they are never out of a game."
Nowitzki said he often tunes in to watch Bryant and the Lakers.
"When I get home, at like 11 p.m., I know the fourth quarter will just be starting in L.A., and I'll sit down and watch him basically will his team to win with some incredible shots."