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.
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 24 -- (vs. LA Lakers) Always a big deal.
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.
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.