May 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the tipoff during game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Center. The Thunder defeated the Mavericks 95-79. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
When do Kobe and LeBron come to town? What about the returns of Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Brendan Haywood? (Not so much on the last one). A quick look at the 2012-2013 schedule.
October 30 -- (at LA Lakers) Steve Nash will look weird in a Laker uniform. He'll look even weirder dumping the ball into Kobe and spotting up for 30 minutes a night.
November 3 -- (vs. Charlotte Bobcats) The home opener. As @jose3030 would say: Brendan Haywood Back! You never want to overreact to one game, but dropping this one wouldn't exactly be a great sign for the new-look Mavericks.
November 21 -- (vs. New York Knicks) Everyone will have to pretend they wanted Kidd to return. It will be like whenever Caron Butler or JJ Barea come back.
November 24 -- (vs. LA Lakers) Always a big deal.
December 1 -- (vs. Detroit Pistons) An undercover interesting team to see in person. There isn't a human being on Earth bigger and more athletic than Andre Drummond. Think about that.
December 5 -- (at LA Clippers) Lamar Odom gets his chance to make a statement on national TV.
December 12 -- (at Boston Celtics) Their first game against Jason Terry and the Boston Celtics.
December 20 -- (vs. Miami Heat) LeBron returns to the scene of his greatest failure.
December 30 -- (vs. San Antonio Spurs) How can you hate them anymore? They're old, they're fun to watch and they aren't going to win another title.
January 18 -- (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder) Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook return to the American Airlines Center for the first time since last year's curb-stomping.
February 20 -- (vs. Orlando Magic) If Dwight Howard is still in an Orlando uniform at this point, it will be a good sign for Dallas.
March 20 -- (vs. Brooklyn Nets) Losing out on Deron Williams adds some pizzazz to this one. I think it's best if Mavericks fans pretend the whole thing never happened -- playing the scorned woman is never a good look.
March 22 -- (vs. Boston Celtics) I hope they bust out the Jason Terry "Mr. 4rth Quarter" videos. I love how hard the Jet acts when he really has the game of Jeff Hornacek.
March 26 -- (vs. LA Clippers) Lammy Odom! I wonder what his reception will be like at the American Airlines Center.
March 30 -- (vs. Chicago Bulls) Dallas fans may miss out on Derrick Rose two years in a row if his knee isn't fully healed.
April 17 -- (vs. New Orleans Hornets) The last game of the season is a chance to check out the Tarantula arms, spindly wingspan and unique facial hair choices of one Anthony Davis.