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Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Scottie Scheffler Highlight Celebrity Pickleball Showdown

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Scottie Scheffler Highlight Celebrity Pickleball Showdown
Doric SamNovember 8, 2023

ARLINGTON, TX -  SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Grant Williams attend round one game two of the 2023 WNBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings on September 19, 2023 at the College Park Center in Arlington, TX. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The 2023 Celebrity Pickleball Showdown took place on Tuesday in Dallas, and it pitted two former Dallas Mavericks teammates against one another.

Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and Mavs head coach Jason Kidd were on opposite sides during the tournament. Nowitzki and tennis star John Isner were victorious over Kidd and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler.

J.D. Miles @jdmiles11

Celebrity Pickleball Showdown tonight at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch with ⁦Dirk Nowitzki, John Isner, Jason Kidd and Scottie Scheffler pic.twitter.com/QYFfGwhYWa

Noah Weber @noahweber00

Dirk Nowitzki returns Jason Kidd’s hit for a point and looks up and smiles at the section that Luka Doncic is sitting in#MFFL @PPAtour pic.twitter.com/dfPkQ8BSQC

Noah Weber @noahweber00

Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki at the Celebrity Pickleball Showdown

Dallas Mavericks legends forever.#MFFL // @PPAtour pic.twitter.com/PaRVK3adLE

Football analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin were also participating in the event. At times, partners were alternated, allowing the athletes to team with pickleball pros Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters.

Brett @brettklmn5

No I’m not watching election night I’m watching Tony Romo call the celebrity pickleball championships in Dallas. pic.twitter.com/GwODm6mFMy

Carvana PPA Tour @PPAtour

ATP (around the post) from the BIG man! 😱 @swish41 Dirk Nowitzki pic.twitter.com/AgtEwNHwPe

Carvana PPA Tour @PPAtour

ATP (around the post) from the BIG man! 😱 @swish41 Dirk Nowitzki pic.twitter.com/AgtEwNHwPe

Scheffler even surprisingly got the upper hand over Johns, who is the No. 1 pickleball player in the world:

Carvana PPA Tour @PPAtour

WHAT!? 😳 Scottie Scheffler just beat the world’s no.1 in a hands battle 👋🤺 pic.twitter.com/ToMwKO3HPP

While pickleball is considered to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, not everyone enjoyed the showcase:

Andy Larsen @andyblarsen

This celebrity pickleball match on ESPN right now is absolutely awful… it’s John Isner and Dirk Nowitzki (!) vs. Scottie Scheffler and Jason Kidd. I should be interested in this! But pickleball is just so wildly unwatchable on TV

Still, pickleball is here to stay. The 2023 USA Pickleball Championships are running this week and will end on Sunday, Nov. 12.

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