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Searching for the next Pau Gasol

Updated: June 22, 2004, 2:21 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Bob Lanier, Pete Maravich, Nate "Tiny" Archibald and 163 other players were selected in the 1970 NBA draft before Marty Blake turned heads of every talent evaluator in the room with the Atlanta Hawks' 10th-round pick: Manuel Raga of Mexico.

"They thought it was one of my many jokes," said Blake, the NBA's director of scouting who was then the Hawks' general manager.

The next round Blake did it again, selecting native Italian Dino Meneghin.

Blake had never seen either of the players ...

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