A budding bromance formed during the NBA Africa Games tour.

New York Knicks sophomore Kristaps Porzingis has spent most of the excursion learning from Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki, who has been more than willing to share his wisdom with the next great European import.

Porzingis and Nowitzki sat down together for an interview over the weekend and lavished one another with praise.

"He's a little longer, a better defender, and a little more mobile than I ever was, a little more athletic," Nowitzki said. "The shooting stroke he's got, he shoots it easy from deep, he shoots it well off the bounce, he can move, he can drive. ...

"He's the whole package."

Porzingis returned the favor, saying he wishes he'll have as much success in his career as Nowitzki, who owns an MVP award and a championship ring, and will eventually finish as a top-five scorer in NBA history.