Sprout God, Porcelain Mamba, And Six-Step LeBron: The Stories Behind China's Best NBA Nicknames

It’s no secret that American sports nicknames are not as good as they used to be. Seemingly half the time, present-day nicknames are just the player’s initials and a number (CP3, RG3, TB12, etc.). This is what happens when the brevity of hashtags and social media combines with wealthy player-entrepreneurs who want to…

Mavericks Decide "Little Cows" Is No Longer A Good Chinese Translation Of Their Name, Switch To "Lone Ranger Heroes"

A maverick is, literally, a little cow. An unbranded calf, so named for nineteenth-century Texas cattle farmer Samuel Maverick, who did not brand his cattle. For nearly two decades now, the Dallas Mavericks have been known in China by a translation that works out roughly to “little cows.” Accurate! And also,…

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