NBA Draft: International men of mystery

Pavel Podkolzine, the 7-foot-5 Russian giant is back. Will he be the first international player taken in the 2004 NBA Draft. NBA Insider Chad Ford breaks down the international field.

Originally Published: January 16, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Pavel Podkolzine turned 19 years old today.

"I feel 19," Podkolzine says with a hint of laughter. "It's good. It's all good. I'm back baby. I'm back."

Depending on who you ask, he's either the next hot international prospect or an asterisk in the international invasion of 2003. Either way, that's quite a burden to be carrying at the age of 19.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer