12/26/2012 11:31 pm ET

Dirk Nowitzki Plays Mini Hoops With Young Boy At Dallas Children's Medical Center (VIDEO)

Before Dirk Nowitzki made his belated season debut for the Mavericks on Sunday, the NBA superstar visited the Dallas Children's Medical Center. In a video uploaded to YouTube just a few days before Christmas, Nowitzki can be seen giving out gifts, greeting some fans, and even playing a little 1-on-1 with a pint-sized opponent.

Per the description accompanying the video, a Chicago native named Will Kolassa got to take on the 7-foot power forward in a game of mini hoops.

"I like it when you beat the Heat! I hate the Heat," Kolassa said before their game.

"Me too!" admitted Nowitizki, as he sealed their new friendship with a fist bump.

(H/T to Dallas Morning News)