The Chinese New Year was yesterday (Jan. 26th).

2009 is the year of the OX.

How do I know this?

I looked it up on the internet.

Why did I look up it up?

Because some one sent Mark Cuban the poster above? It appeared in a Chinese basketball magazine.

I think the person that sent it to him stole it from the blog http://tanjieblog.blog.sohu.com

I looked up the address but it was in Chinese so I couldn't read one character. I can barely read English let alone Chinese, but I knew it had to be a blog. Wonder how?

So lacking even the most basic skills in the Chinese language I emailed my home boy Michael Wong who 1) Speaks Chinese 2) Reads Chinese and 3) Sells great Chinese food at a restaurant in South Dallas called Valentino's. Yes, Valentino's. He could for sure translate this poster to English.

His answer reads pretty impressive in English but it's all Chinese to me. Maybe he is right on with his translation or all Wong...just kidding. Sorry had to do it.

His translation below:

Pretty cool poster...Hope this helps

The characters next to NBA

Red character: OX

Next character: team

Next three characters: Wishes you a Happy New Year.

Which means: NBA OX team Wishes you a Happy New Year...so maybe this is wrong and it is suppose to read Team NBA wishes you a Happy New Year in the year of the OX.

5 LETTERS under that:

Calf (first two characters) Welcomes (third character) The Year of the OX(last two characters).

So I guess: The Mavericks are known as the Calves in China: "The Mavericks Welcomes the Year of the OX.

Stackhouse's hat: fu = Good Fortune or Happiness but since the character is upside down it means Good fortune or happiness is already here or its coming.

Terry's banner: Gong He Xin Xi = Happy New Years

Kidd's banner: Niu Nian Da Ji = Prosperity in the year of the OX

That explanation seems pretty slick to me. You know something different? I don't so I am going with it.

Good job Michael! Thanks!!!

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Comment by Christina on January 30, 2009 at 7:06am
I like this pic it makes me feel very warm!!!
In our most important festival, I can got these benediction I am very pleased, thank you:)
By the way, this translations are pretty much all right!!!
Comment by Nancy on January 28, 2009 at 3:04pm
Actually in the blog link you provided they also have a similar poster with the Chicago Bulls, as the Mavericks and Bulls are the two NBA teams whose name is some sort of ox...Love the idea.
Comment by Eddyin on January 28, 2009 at 12:22am
oh man i just feel the love!
Thanks Danny and yeah i saw you in Detroit the other day!
Comment by Dorathy on January 27, 2009 at 11:33pm
that poster is adorable!!

danny you could've just asked me for help =P i still know my chinese/cantonese pretty well =D

the translations are pretty much all right haha

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