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Little Cows to Change Name

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Carl Herrera, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Carl Herrera

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    Cuban should just go with the flow and cash in on the little cow, Chinese finger puppet phenomenon.

    Anyone wanna put the faces of the starting five on this and Cubans face on big baby cow.

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    they can always go with little schittes.
     
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    Just call them the Chinese word for "Cowboys" if there is such thing. It's not like the Chinese watch NFL.
     
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    pretty sure it would go something like:

    cowboys... cow boys... boy cows...young cows... little cows!
     
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    These guys strike a fear in me. It's like I'm afraid there won't be enough meat to go around.
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    Ian: The Lone Rangers? That's original. How can you pluralize "The Lone Ranger"?
    Ian: Well, there's three of you. You're not exactly lone. Shouldn't you be the Three Rangers?
    - Airheads
     
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    Upon investigating further, this pretty much is the first definition of the word. I'm going to guess that China media is just using a bad translator that puts that definition first.

    from dictionary.com.

    Word Origin and History for maverick
    n.
    1867, "calf or yearling found without an owner's brand," so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of "individualist, unconventional person" is first recorded 1886, via notion of "masterless."​
     
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    I rarely say this but this is a genius marketing idea from cuban to get more viewers from china to watch his team.
     
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    I was not aware of this. Henceforth I will never refer to this team as anything but "The Little Cows". It's adorable, sure; but, more importantly, Mark Cuban apparently hates it.
     
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    Considering in English we call the middle kingdom "China" and estado unitos "American" , can we just let it stand?

    I'm used to "little cows", it's not like those other names aren't corny either?
     
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    I guess this is the **** you worry about when your team is bringing up the rear in the standings.
     
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    Mavericks unveil new Chinese name, changed from Little Cow to Lone Ranger Heroes

    Bye, Little Cow. Hello, Lone Ranger Heroes.

    After an intense five-month rebranding campaign, the Dallas Mavericks now officially have a new Chinese name, effectively ending a decadelong misperception of the Mavericks' brand in the NBA's biggest global market.

    The franchise made the announcement Wednesday night as Dallas hosted the Golden State Warriors.

    The name change won't affect how the Mavericks are branded or recognized in English. It primarily serves to correct a long-standing Chinese misinterpretation of "Mavericks" -- a distinct American term symbolizing a free-spirited individual.

    In China, the Mavericks are currently called "Xiao Niu," meaning "little cow," by broadcasters, journalists, experts and fans. The term first appeared in Chinese state-run media and was subsequently picked up by others. Recently, some began to question whether the name was misrepresenting the horse in the team's logo.

    Last year, the Mavericks became aware of the situation in China. "I wasn't happy," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN, laughing, at the beginning of the rebranding campaign. "Obviously, no one wants to be a little cow, so I'm glad we're going to get an opportunity to change it."

    "I think it's very important. You know, a lot of times in sports, you develop such an identity with that team, and you want to make sure that the title being used in front of your name accurately matches that," Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes said. "In China, we want that to reflect the same way and to have the same prestige."

    While the name Lone Ranger Heroes may not be a direct interpretation of the Mavericks' name, players said the new name is definitely an improvement.

    "It's better than the other one," guard J.J. Barea said. "That's awful. Little cows?"

    "Obviously, I'd rather be a lone ranger than be a cow," added guard Devin Harris. "I come from Wisconsin. We don't really treat cows that well, so much better."

    The Mavericks teamed up with Tencent -- ESPN's exclusive digital partner in China -- for a name-changing campaign. The campaign has since brought wide attention and discussion within the Chinese basketball community. However, choosing and officially changing a Chinese name is not easy.

    The complexity of the Chinese language and cultural distinctions, along with legal hurdles, raised the campaign's overall degree of difficulty. In the monthslong process, Tencent also consulted current and former Mavericks players, Chinese sports experts, legal analysts and linguists.

    In total, the campaign received more than 60,000 proposed name submissions, and three candidates -- Lone Ranger Heroes, Mad Horses and Wild Horses -- became the finalists.

    "Making the Mavericks' Chinese name accurate means a lot. The inaccurate name has been called for about three decades; it's a historical change in NBA's development in China," said Shi Yankui, Director of Tencent Sports. "It also shows that the Chinese fans have begun to embrace and take ownership of the NBA in new ways."

    Shi said more NBA teams will have opportunities to further involve Chinese fans to reach their marketing goals.

    "This is just the beginning," Shi said. "We're going to try to help more teams fix and perfect their Chinese names in the future."
     
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    My thoughts exactly!

     
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