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Friday, July 22, 2011
Jason Terry throws pitch, shares opinions

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mavericks guard Jason Terry, wearing a blue No. 31 Texas Rangers jersey, came out onto the field with his arms spread in "JET" formation and threw the ceremonial first pitch a little high to Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Terry joked that after talking with Rangers manager Ron Washington before and after that pitch that he "won't be a Ranger any time soon."

Terry talked with a bunch of the Rangers players before the game and obtained a signed bat from Josh Hamilton to auction off for Terry's charity.

"I wished them good luck and continued success," Terry said. "They’re right there. Us watching them last year motivated us to do what we did. We’ll be rooting for them."

Terry chatted with the media after and shared some thoughts on a variey of topics:

* On Dirk Nowitzki's decision to play for the German National Team: “I cringed when I heard it,” Terry said. “That’s not what got us here, Dirk. But he has to. At this stage of his career, he’s looking at doing something great for his country. We’re going to support him.”

* On the rumors of a reality show: He said he saw them and doesn't know where they came from.

“There is no truth to the rumor,” said Terry, who joked he didn’t want to try to compete with Shawn Marion’s reality show.

* Upcoming labor negotiations: Terry, a player-representative with the union, remains optimistic that fans will see basketball next year.

“I don’t see us not having a season next year,” Terry said.

But he acknowledged that a delay to the season was possible due to negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

“[A] potential delay is definitely out there,” Terry said. “But we have to train as if there’s going to be a season. We know what we are now. We are champions. Everybody already was gunning for the Mavericks and they will be again.”

* On players going overseas: Terry has seen other players opt for deals overseas and said he understands that each player has to do what he feels is best for him financially. But Terry isn’t going anywhere.

“I’m not even looking,” Terry said. “My season next year’s going to be with the Mavericks. All the money in the world couldn’t amount to being a champion and being able to defend that title next year.”

* On re-signing Tyson Chandler: “Chandler is No. 1 for me,” Terry said. “We want to get all our guys back, but especially what Chandler has meant to this organization. It was something we hadn’t had and once we got him, you could see what it did for us. So we got to get him back.”