OK, it's not totally Mavericks related, but fellow S-T writer Jeff Caplan and I are currently involved in an online fantasy basketball draft. One of our teams is owned by Ian Whittell, who formerly worked for the Daily Star in London. Whittell is now a free lance writer who covers sports all over Europe and makes several trips a year to the U.S. for events like the NBA All-Star game and the Finals.
As we pick, Whittell is at Wembley stadium in London and he is making his picks while covering the Giants-Dolphins game. It is the first time in the recorded history of fantasy sports that a Brit is drafting a fantasy basketball team while covering American football. Whittell files this dispatch and notes that he is covering:
"An American football game in which the first points have just been kicked by a placekicker born in Scotland [Lawrence Tynes]. Eat your heart out David Stern. THAT'S what I call globalization.
"(And if you blogging about it, please note we Brits spent $2 billion on a football stadium without a roof in a country where it always rains, so I am drafting/writing with the wind blowing a steady drizzle all over the press box.)"
Whittell is an unabashed backer of outstanding British basketball, which believe it or not, is not an oxymoron. Anyone connected with the British empire will surely be on his team. First pick -- Steve Nash, native of South Africa. Second pick, Luol Deng, Dinka tribesman and anchor of the British national team that will compete in the 2012 Olympics.
-- Jan Hubbard