In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in New York. Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA’s Africa Game on Aug. 5.Photo: Kathy Willens, AP
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA‘s Africa Game on Aug. 5.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that the Dallas Mavericks star will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Team Africa will be captained by the Lakers’ Luol Deng, who is from the South Sudan, and Atlanta’s Thabo Sefolosha, whose father is from South Africa.
Nowitzki is a 13-time All-Star. Last season, the German became the first international player with 30,000 career points.
The game will take place in Johannesburg. A full roster of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.