DALLAS – As he’s just a few hours away from playing his first game in Dallas as a member of the Boston Celtics, guard Jason Terry isn’t at all concerned about getting too hyped for tonight’s game.
“I took my sedatives -- I’m good,’’ a smiling Terry said Friday morning at American Airlines Center.
“I’ll be mild-mannered, but I’m definitely going to take a flight on the runway.’’
Terry played the past eight seasons for the Mavs and helped them win the NBA title in 2011. But last summer, when his contract expired, Terry and Mavs management failed to agree on a new deal.
Terry all but begged the Mavs to offer him a contract he could live with. The results: Terry wound up signing a three-year, $15.675 million contract with the Celtics.
Now, tonight at 7:30 at the AAC, Terry returns for what he hopes will be a hero’s welcome when the Mavs (32-36) face the Celtics (36-31). And what type of reception Terry is expecting from the crowd?
“A lot of cheers,’’ he said. “Mainly because I got about 100 tickets, so I know my cheering section will be in the building.’’
The Mavs haven’t indicated if they plan on doing a video montage featuring Terry, or if they plan on doing anything special for him tonight. Stopping the game for a few moments, once Terry enters it, so he can receive the ovation he deserves, has been one of the suggestions thrown out there.
“If it happens that’ll be cool,’’ Terry said. “It’s fun, but I don’t know what to expect.’’
One thing Terry believes won’t happen tonight -- tears from him.
“I shed tears when I had to leave,’’ Terry said. “So I don’t think I’ve got any more left.’’
Emotions, though, will undoubtedly pour out at some point tonight. Terry knows that.
“A lot of smiles,’’ Terry said. “Seeing a lot of the courtside season-ticket holders and other people that I’ve spent a lot of time with that have supported me, seeing them.
“That’s going to be a lot of fun.’’
An overwhelming number of media members met Terry when he entered the AAC Friday night. He added that it’s good to return to a place where he spent the majority of his career.
“When I went back to Atlanta (in the 2004-’05 season) for the first time I had a blast just seeing everybody and just going out and playing and having fun,’’ Terry said. “Again, this are the friendly confines where I spent a lot of time late-night shooting, so I’m very comfortable in here.
“So I can only imagine the first shot (tonight is) definitely going to be a 3. I’m just excited.’’
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