Crossing career paths: Dirk, LeBron

Updated: June 2, 2011, 2:12 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- On the surface, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki don't seem to have that much in common, other than that they've both managed to lead their teams to the NBA Finals this season.

But if you study James' and Nowitzki's career arcs, you'll find incredible similarities. Both were teenage prodigies. Both are in a select group of NBA players who are unguardable. Both, whether fair or not, have had to shed the perception that they couldn't close games. Both also have lost in the ...

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