Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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He's a bit tall to play Santa, but Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made the holidays extra special for one patient at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Wearing a surgical mask, gown and gloves, "Santa Dirk" walked into the room of young Will Kolassa and presented him with an iPod. Kolassa was polite but shy in accepting the gift, captured in a video posted on YouTube, but warmed up quickly when Nowitzki offered another kind of present. "Let's get a little hoops game going on," Nowitzki said, moving over to the mini-basketball hoop hanging on a door in Kolassa's room. "OK," said Kolassa, who then looked up at the seven-foot NBA All-Star in front of him and gasped. "Oh gosh." Before they started, Nowitzki tried to convince Kolassa, from Chicago, to become a Mavs fan. "I heard you're a Chicago Bulls fan," Nowitzki said. "Can we change that?" Kolassa wouldn't budge from his loyalty to the B...
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