It's the Year of the Ox! Is that Good for the Mavs?
Don't know how I missed it - maybe it's because I'm from Duncanville - but Monday was the Chinese New Year. And 2009, as if you didn't know, is the Year of the Ox.
In the name of Wang Zhi-Zhi, what could that possibly mean for our Dallas Mavericks?
*So far it means this: The Mavs are undefeated this year. Until tonight, perhaps, when our ol' pal Don Nelson and the Golden State Warriors come a callin'. (Which reminds me, how awkward do you think the relationship is between Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson? Donnie downplays it when I ask him, but I actually think he's chosen his boss over his dad.)
*It means familiar face Darrell Armstrong is back, this time as an assistant coach. Maybe he can help get the Mavs' off their stock-market fluctuation roller-coaster which saw them lose by 34, win by 21, lose by 24 on their Eastern Conference road trip.
*It means they may - gulp - consider signing Stephon Marbury? WTF?
By the way, for the translations to the Chinese characters you have to, what else, jump ...
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.