Nowitzki on brink of an international incident

Foreign players have won NBA titles. But Dirk Nowitzki has a chance to lead his team to one. The times, they are a changin'.

Updated: June 8, 2006, 1:06 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

The foreign invasion's final frontier is here.

Sometime later this month, it's entirely possible that the king of American basketball will be, for the first time ever, a complete foreigner.

If Dirk Nowitzki leads the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title, it won't simply be the first championship for the Mavs. It will be the first championship in which the star player is a certifiable, 100 percent overseas import.

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