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The European Game is in the NBA Finals

Published by on June 3, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

It wasn't too long ago that NBA teams would never dream of having a European player as a central figure on any team. 

Drazen Petrovic was the first Euro-star that I remember to start making a name for himself. After Portland traded him to New Jersey, he flourished—unfortunately his life was cut short just when his star was rising.

In the past, many people doubted the virility of the European players because they feared that the game would be lost in translation. Players like Dino Radja and Gheorge Muhresan came and went with little impact on their teams. 

The San Antonio Spurs were the first team to win with a European player play as a central role in a championshi...

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