This week, a teammate compared Jason Witten to former NBA star Kobe Bryant. This got me to thinking, what other Dallas Cowboys have NBA counterparts?
I’m going to be completely honest with you. Before this week, I had never put the names Jason Witten and Kobe Bryant in the same sentence.
When asked about his teammate, Frazier compared him to the retired Los Angeles Laker.
"“[Witten’s] like the Kobe Bryant of football,” Frazier told the Star-Telegram. “Kobe got older and he started losing some athletic ability and stuff like that. Not saying Witt is, but he finds out other stuff to make up for that. That’s why he’s still great. Witt is still the best tight end in the league."
This comparison got me to thinking, what other Cowboys could I compare to NBA stars?
Jason Witten = Dallas Mavericks Forward, Dirk Nowitzki
First off, we need to improve on Frazier’s comparison. While I think Bryant is a good counterpart for Witten, the more accurate selection is Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Let’s look at a number of similarities. One, both players are in the later stages of their career. Two, they’ve played for the same team (in the same city no less), since being drafted. Three, they’re among the all-time greats at their position, in their respective sports. And Four, both players are beloved by their teams’ owners.
These are all well and good, but there’s a bigger trait the two stars have in common. Both have continued to play at a high level later in their careers, by perfecting one move they use to beat younger opponents. Nowitzki has his one-legged fade away jump shot, while Witten dominates the “y-option” route.