WATCH: Dirk Nowitzki takes BP swings before charity baseball game

By Matt Johnson

While he may not be Michael Jordan, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki showed off his own baseball skills during batting practice before his 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.

The 39-year-old NBA veteran is hosting the celebrity charity game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas on Friday.

He is still recovering from left ankle surgery he underwent on April 5, but he plans to play a little during the charity event.

“I’m going to hit and play first base,” Nowitzki said, via Sports Day. “I’ll just stand there and try to catch a few balls. I will not run, and that’s probably a good thing for the fans not to have to see.”

According to 247Sports, the game will also host celebrities such as Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Ware, Dan Bailey, Von Miller, Sean Lee, Mark Cuban, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, teammates Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and many other star guests.

According to reporter Dwain Price, two of the survivors from the Santa Fe High School shooting will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.