Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is very familiar with international basketball. He will be a co-captain for the NBA Africa Game 2017. Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is very familiar with international basketball. He will be a co-captain for the NBA Africa Game 2017. Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram

Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki will be co-captain for NBA Africa Game 2017

By David Humphrey

dchumphrey@star-telegram.com

June 19, 2017 09:49 AM

UPDATED June 19, 2017 10:52 AM

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will join Kemba Walker of Charlotte, Thabo Sefolosha of Atlanta, and Luol Deng of the Los Angeles Lakers as team captains for NBA Africa Game 2017.

The game will be Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nowitzki and Walker will co-captain Team World. Deng, a Team Africa captain at NBA Africa Game 2015, and Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa, will lead Team Africa.

“I’m really excited to represent Team World in the second NBA Africa Game this summer. I also look forward to returning to South Africa after taking part in the Basketball without Borders Africa camp eight years ago,” Nowitzki said in a statement released by the league. “It’s great to see how the game is growing across the continent, and I’m honored to be a part of this historic event.”

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NBA Africa Game 2017, which will take place following the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA).