O'Brien: Nowitzki like Bird?

Updated: June 5, 2006, 12:57 PM ET
By Jim O'Brien
The month of June signals the forthcoming of two highly anticipated events in the NBA: the NBA Finals and the NBA draft. After witnessing Dirk Nowitzki's spectacular performances that led the Dallas Mavericks into the Finals, I recalled the 1998 draft night and how everything fell into place just right.

The Boston Celtics had the 10th pick in the draft and we desperately wanted to add Nowitzki to our roster -- who wouldn't want a seven-footer with his remarkable skills? With the 10th pick, you probably are thinking we had a snowball's chance in hell of landing him when it was our turn to choose.