Nowitzki makes baseball pitch NBA style (AFP)

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks carries a NBA basketball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas.(AFP/Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)AFP - Dirk Nowitzki, the German playmaker who led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Finals victory, carried a basketball to the pitcher's mound for his ceremonial opening pitch at a baseball game.