First of all, never mind David Stern's face on the photo.
He does not play a part in the Dallas Mavericks odyssey anyway.
In the upcoming NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks are stepping on the ground that they have never stepped on and will do something that they have never done before: defend as NBA champions.
They will eventually do anything to protect their throne, but that doesn't mean the Mavs are walking in a park towards that goal.
The defending champions lost key players Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler on the free-agency market. JJ Barea, one of the teams X-factors, is yet to decide on his future. This alone has been one downfall for the Mavs.
True to what they say, when one door closes, another opens. The Mavs landed the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom and sizzling sensation Vince Carter, two ingredients to the Mavericks' first step into their journey for a repeat.
But how can the blue boys from Texas hang another banner in the rafters? Read along.