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Terry Ready to Start Defending NBA Title

Mavs' first game is Christmas Day

By Jaime Aron
|  Thursday, Dec 1, 2011  |  Updated 6:21 PM CDT
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Jason Terry is ready to get back to the business of basketball.

Jason Terry is ready to get back to the business of basketball.

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Jason Terry has returned to the Dallas Mavericks' practice court for the first time since the team's championship parade in June.

Players were barred from team facilities during the NBA lockout. A tentative resolution allowed teams to open their doors Thursday, and Terry was the first to walk through it.

Terry joked that he wasn't sure whether his ID card would still work. It did, and he was looking forward to getting in a workout.

He expected other players to join him later in the day -- but not NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, because he's in Germany.

The Mavericks are expected to begin the defense of their first title on Christmas at home against the team they beat in the finals, the Miami Heat.

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