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Moritz Wagner is a big fan of Kobe Bryant, but grew up idolizing Dirk Nowitzki

New Lakers draft pick Moritz Wagner thinks Kobe Bryant is the greatest Laker of all time, but he isn’t his favorite player. That honor would go to one Dirk Nowitzki.

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Moritz Wagner might not be a fan favorite just yet, but he’s off to a great start, singing praises of all-time franchise great Kobe Bryant on draft night.

In his first interview as a Laker, Wagner talked about his appreciation for the Mamba, who he thinks is the greatest player to ever wear the purple and gold:

Yes, even over his new boss, Magic Johnson:

Anyone who has ever put their foot in their mouth on their first day at a new job can surely relate to the pit that surely formed in Moritz’s stomach after he said that.

However, despite his admiration for the five-time NBA champion, Bryant wasn’t Wagner’s favorite player growing up. That title belongs to fellow German big man Dirk Nowitzki:

The 21-year-old also admitted he’s a fan of Kevin Garnett for being “a little crazy in the head,” but we don’t need to talk about that. Like, ever again.

On the surface, it’s easy to draw parallels between Mo and Dirk, two German big men that can step back from outside the three-point line. But Wagner also has a little bit of Bryant’s fierce competitiveness, something that will make him a fan favorite sooner rather than later.

While it’s unlikely the No. 25 overall pick follows in the steps of any of the three aforementioned future Hall of Famers, anything is possible.

Anything is possible!

(Okay, I’m sorry. I know I said I wasn’t going to mention Garnett again. That was the last reference, I promise.

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